The Tata Buzzard 7-seater SUV is likely to be launched in the second half of 2019
Tata Motors has unveiled 4 all-new products at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. While the production-ready Tata Altroz premium hatchback took the centre stage, the other 3 models showcased include a micro SUV H2X concept, a 7-seater SUV codenamed H7X and the Altroz Electric Vehicle. The 7-seater SUV has been named the Tata Buzzard, which set to be the brand’s new flagship model. In North America, the Buzzard word refers to a Vulture or a large hawk-like bird of prey with broad wings and a rounded tail.
The Tata Buzzard will be the brand’s second model to be based on the new OMEGA ARC platform, which is sourced from Land Rover’s D8 architecture. This SUV will share the wheelbase with the Harrier, but it is 62mm longer and has longer rear overhangs to accommodate third row of seats. The Tata H7X SUV styling is based on the new IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN philosophy.
The Tata Buzzard SUV will be available with a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine. Unlike Harrier, this model will be offered in both 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox options. The 7-seater SUV will challenge the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector SUV.
Tata Buzzard Features
– IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN language
– Longer rear overhang
– LED daytime running lights
– New skid plate
– Pronounced wheel arches
– 4-wheel-drive layout
– Touchscreen infotainment system
– Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & MirrorLink
– Leather seats
– Electrically adjustable front seats
– Rear parking camera and sensors
– ABS with EBD, brake assist
– Multiple airbags
– Traction control
Tata Buzzard Launch Date
The company has showcased the pre-production prototype of the Buzzard SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The company is yet to reveal the official launch date, but media reports claim that the SUV could be launched in the second half of 2019. We will update you as soon as Tata makes an official announcement on the same.
Tata Buzzard Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 16 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 21 lakh|
With attributes like more powerful engine, automatic gearbox and new features, the Buzzard SUV is expected to be relatively expensive over the Harrier 5-seater model. We believe that this SUV will be priced in the range of Rs 16 lakh – Rs 21 lakh. Also See – Tata Altroz Launch & Other Details
Tata Buzzard Specifications
|Engine||2.0-litre KRYOTEC Diesel|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT & AT|
|Drivetrain System||FWD & AWD|
The new Buzzard 7-seater SUV will be powered by a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine that powers the Harrier. While powering the 5-seater model, this engine produces 140bhp of maximum power and 350Nm of torque. The company will tune this engine to offer a peak power output of over 170bhp and a peak torque of 350Nm of torque. Tata claims that the turbocharged diesel engine features low friction valve train architecture and an advanced EGR for higher fuel efficiency. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox. It will come with multi-drive modes, Terrain Response system and all-independent suspension set-up.
If media reports are to be believed, Tata is also considering a petrol engine to power the Harrier and Buzzard SUVs. The company is also expected to develop a 4-cylinder turbocharged 1.6-litre Revotron petrol engine, which will be based on the Nexon’s 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo engine. This engine is expected to arrive in late 2020 and will be compliant with BSVI emission norms.
Tata Buzzard Design
The Tata Buzzard, codenamed H7X, is basically the 7-seater version of the Harrier SUV. It will be based on the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform, which also underpins the Harrier. Styling is inspired by the new IMPACT DESIGN 2.0 language, which we have already seen on the Harrier and Altroz hatchback. The company claims that the new OMEGA platform offers enhanced driving dynamics and off-road capabilities. The SUV shares most of the design highlights with the Harrier, but it comes with subtle design changes to keep things fresh in the market.
The Buzzard comes with a longer rear overhang and is 62mm longer than the 5-seater model. Likely to measure around 4,660mm, the H7X SUV will come with 3-row of seats. Though, the wheelbase of the SUV remains unchanged that is 2,741mm. The SUV comes with a larger glass area instead of the pinched rear quarter windows. The C-pillar design is different than the 5-seater model. Some of the design highlights include LED daytime running lights, new skid plate, pronounced wheel arches, more squarish profile, a sloping roofline, new alloys and the new tri-arrow fog lamps along with slimmer grille.
Tata Buzzard Interior
Expect interior of the Buzzard to share strong resemblance with the Harrier SUV. It will come with a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. The company could add more feature to justify the increase in price tag. It is expected to get soft-touch leather on the dashboard and side panels along with leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel. Other features will include electrically adjustable seats, rear parking camera and sensors, brake assist, multiple airbags, traction control etc. Dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminders and speed alert will come as standard.
Tata Buzzard Competition
In terms of pricing and size, the Tata Buzzard will challenge the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector SUV. The SUV could also impact the sales of the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.
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Tata Buzzard 7-seater SUV launch timeline & other details