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7-Seater Tata Buzzard SUV spotted testing

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Tata unveiled its buzzard SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and is awaiting its India launch later this year. The Buzzard, in essence, is a 7-seater Tata Harrier, but if it will use the name ‘Buzzard’ is still a question. The 7-seater SUV was recently spotted testing in camouflage on the Indian roads, which leads us to believe that the car is likely to be in production and will make to the dealerships by the end of this year.

The spy pictures reveal that the SUV has got a bit bigger at the rear end thanks to the additional row of seats. The front section is expected to remain the same as seen on the 5-seater Harrier. The bumper and tail lamps are expected to be redesigned in the production version of the Buzzard, which was seen at the Geneva Motor Show. The third-row window panes are also expected to be longer as compared to the Harrier.

The new car is expected to employ the same engine as seen on the Harrier which is the  2.0-litre turbocharged, in-line, 4-cylinder, Kryotec engine, producing 140 HP of power and 350 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox but the engine on the 7-seater car could see a different state of tune and possibly be of BSVI emission compliance, with 170 HP of power, but the torque figures are likely to remain the same. The transmission on the Buzzard is expected to be the same 6-speed manual along with an optional 6-speed torque converter type automatic. The same engine and gearbox options are also expected to be introduced on the Harrier 5-seater near BSVI roll-out.

The major differentiating factor which is also the most obvious one is the exterior dimensions of the SUV, which is the longer length and height. The Buzzard is expected to be 4661mm in length, 63mm longer and 1786mm in height, 80mm taller than the Harrier.

Other features are expected to remain the same such as projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights with integrated turn indicators, 3D LED tail lamps, fog lamps with cornering lamp function, leather seats, etc. Also in terms of safety, the car will include 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program (ESP), hill-hold and descent control, reverse camera, etc.

The 7-seater variant is expected to be priced INR 1 – 2 lakh higher than the 5-seater Harrier.