- The Buzzard will get disc brakes on all four wheels.
- It is expected to launch in India by early next year.
- The SUV could be named Tata Cassini in India.
The seven-seat version of the Harrier, tentatively named Tata Buzzard, was spied testing yet again. This time around, the car was seen with disc brakes at the rear. The Buzzard (name unconfirmed for the Indian market) is expected to be launched in India by early 2020.
The Tata Buzzard debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. However, in the domestic market, it is expected to carry a different nameplate. Reports suggest that it could be christened the Tata Cassini. The SUV is 62mm longer than the Harrier and comes with AC vents in the third row and a power socket.
To accommodate the third-row of seats, the Tata Buzzard comes with a stepped-up roof and a set of roof rails that add to the brawny character of the SUV. Under the hood, the Buzzard will be powered by a 2.0-litre Kryotec BS-VI compliant engine that will pump out 170bhp and 350Nm. Transmission choices will include a six-speed manual gearbox and a Hyundai-sourced six-speed torque converter automatic.
The Buzzard is expected to carry a premium of around Rs 1 lakhs over the Harrier. The SUV will compete against the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass and the upcoming MG Hector seven-seat variant.