Tata Motors unveiled the highly-anticipated seven-seat SUV, Buzzard at the opening day of 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The seven-seat model is based on its smaller sibling, Harrier and is currently in the testing phase. In visual terms, the upcoming flagship model will take styling cues from Harrier. The Buzzard is said to mimic Harrier till the C-pillar, while a long overhang and larger rear section distinct it from the donor model.
Tata Buzzard measures 63 mm longer and 80 mm higher than the five-seat Harrier, which was also displayed at the event as the Buzzard Sport. However, both models sit on the same wheelbase (2741 mm), Buzzard gets the 18.0-inch wheels that contributes to its height. Styling bits like raised roofline, new fenders, larger black glass and new tail-lamps help Buzzard differentiate from its five-seat sibling.
There is a stark similarity on the inside in terms of styling, albeit Buzzard gets additional rear seats. The Buzzard prototype missed out on the rotary gear selector and electronic parking brake (EPB) as seen in one of the spy images. Built on the OMEGA platform, Tata Buzzard shares its underpinnings with Harrier.
The Tata Buzzard is expected to launch in the country by the end of 2019 and is expected to receive a diesel unit. That said, the Tata Buzzard is expected to come equipped with the 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine which also powers Harrier. The Kryotec diesel unit will be calibrated to put out higher power output (around 170 PS) instead of the 140 PS power it offers on the Harrier. Transmission options on the Tata Buzzard seven-seat SUV will include a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed torque converter automatic unit sourced from Hyundai. The six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox will also be introduced on the Harrier at a later stage.