Tata Cassini 7-seater SUV will be the brand’s second model to be based on the new OMEGA ARC platform
Tata had showcased the 7-seater version of the Harrier at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Buzzard in the European markets, the 7-seater SUV is reportedly to be called the Tata Cassini. The company has started testing the new model on Indian roads. It is confirmed that the Cassini will be launched in the country in the second half of 2019, most probably around Diwali.
The Tata Cassini SUV will challenge the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector SUV. It will be the second model to be based on the OMEGA ARC platform. The SUV is designed on the lines of the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. It is 62mm longer than the Harrier and features a longer rear overhang. The increase in length results into more space inside the cabin to accommodate third row of seats. Though, the wheelbase of the SUV is same as the Harrier that is 2,741mm.
The front design is identical to the Tata Harrier, though the rear profile is a bit different. It gets taller roofline, differently styled tail-lights and newly designed C and D pillars. The taller roof will create more headroom space for the third row passengers, which would have not been possible with Harrier’s sloping roofline. The cabin design and features will be largely identical to that of the Harrier. The Tata Cassini won’t offer large boot space due to the addition of third row of seats; however, the rear seats can be folded down to create more space for luggage.
The Tata Cassini will be powered by the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine, which Tata called KRYOTEC. While powering the Harrier, this engine produces 138bhp and 350Nm of torque. The company would tune this engine to produce power output of around 170bhp. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic. Tata could also introduce the 4×4 drivetrain option with the Cassini SUV.
Apart from the Cassini, Tata will launch the Altroz premium hatchback in mid-2019. Additionally, the homegrown automaker is also working on the facelift versions of the Tiago and Tigor in India. If media reports are to be believed, the company will also launch the Blackbird SUV in 2020. To be positioned between Nexon and Harrier, the Tata Blackbird will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks.
Video – Tata Cassini Preview