Tata Cassini 7-seater SUV will be launched in the second half of 2019
Tata Cassini is reportedly to be the name for the upcoming H7X 7-seater premium SUV. Scheduled to be launched in the second half of this year, the new Harrier based SUV will challenge the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector SUV. This SUV was first previewed as the Buzzard SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Buzzard nameplate is restricted to the international markets, more specifically for the European nations. In India, Tata had announced that the new 7-seater SUV, codenamed H7X, will carry a different nameplate.
Tata had patented two nameplates – Buzzard and Cassini – and the former is used for the international-spec model. It is clear that the India-spec 7-seater SUV is most likely to be called the Tata Cassini. The Cassini name is derived from the Cassini Huyens Satellite, which was developed in collaboration of the European space agency and NASA. It will be the brand’s second model to be based on the new OMEGA ARC platform, which is derived from the Land Rover’s D8 architecture. The Harrier is the first model based on this platform, which was launched in India in January.
Sharing wheelbase with the Harrier, the new Tata Cassini SUV is 62mm longer than the sibling model. It comes with longer rear overhangs to accommodate third row of seats. The Tata H7X SUV styling is based on the new IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN philosophy. It will be powered by a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre KRYOTEC turbo-diesel engine, which will be paired to either a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox.
Tata Cassini 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 Cassini Launch Date
The company has confirmed that the new Cassini 7-seater SUV will be launched by the end of this year. Though the exact launch date is yet to be announced, media reports claim that the SUV could go on sale during Diwali (October-November 2019).
Tata Cassini Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 15 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 22 lakh|
The new model will be equipped with a more powerful engine, automatic gearbox, 4-wheel drive system and other features. These attributes will make it expensive over the standard Harrier. We believe that the new model will be priced in the range of Rs 15 lakh – Rs 22 lakh, which will make it the flagship Tata model in India.
Tata Cassini Specifications
|Engine||2.0-litre KRYOTEC Diesel|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT & AT|
|Drivetrain System||FWD & AWD|
The Tata Cassini 7-seater SUV will derive power from the 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine that also powers the Harrier, but this engine will be tuned for higher power. This engine is expected to produce over 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Just to jog your memory, the Harrier’s 2.0L engine offers 140bhp and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox. It is also expected to receive multi-drive modes, Terrain Response system and all-independent suspension set-up.
Seeing the growing demand for petrol cars, Tata is also planning to offer petrol engine options with Harrier and the Cassini. The company could either import the engine with other brand or could develop an all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This engine will only arrive in 2020 and will be compliant with BSVI emission norms.
Tata Cassini Mileage
Featuring more powerful engine and bigger body, the new Cassini is likely to be less fuel efficient than the Harrier. We believe the new model could deliver around 12-13kmpl in city and around 15-16kmpl on freeways.
Tata Cassini Design
Internally called H7X, the Tata Cassini is basically the 7-seater version of the Harrier SUV. Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as Buzzard, the new SUV will carry most of the styling elements from the regular 5-seater model. It is based on the new OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform, which is sourced from Land Rover. The styling inspiration comes from the brand’s new IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN philosophy, which first debuted in the Harrier. Tata has made subtle changes to keep things fresh in the market.
The Tata Cassini is 62mm longer than the Harrier and features a longer rear overhang. The length has been increased to accommodate third row of seats without compromising on the space for the front and second-row occupants. The wheelbase of the SUV is same as the Harrier, stands at 2,741mm. It features a larger glass area instead of the pinched rear quarter windows, while the C-pillar design has also been changed. The majority of the styling features like LED DRLs, skid plate, wheel arches, squarish front, a sloping roofline, alloy design and others are similar to the Harrier SUV.
Tata Cassini Interior
The cabin of the Cassini is directly lifted from the Harrier. It features the free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, which is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. The SUV is longer than the 5-seater model, offering 3-row with captain seats for the second-row of passengers. It will be fitted to soft-touch leather on the dashboard and the door panels, while the leather will be used for seat upholstery and to wrap the gearbox and steering wheel. The Tata Cassini will be equipped with features like rear parking camera, electrically adjustable seats, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, etc. For safety, the SUV will be fitted to multiple airbags, brake assist, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP, hill-launch assist, etc.