Tata Motors put quite a show at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, unveiling multiple cars based on multiple platforms. One of those was the seven-seater version the Harrier, called the Buzzard. However, it will not use this name when it is launched in India around the end of the year.

Likely to be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, but in a higher state of tune

  • The 7-seat Harrier will be longer and taller than the 5-seat version.
  • It is expected to be priced at a premium over the 5-seat Harrier.
  • Could get a diesel-auto powertrain combo as well.
  • Likely to get in-house developed 1.6-litre petrol engine with automatic option.
  • Will go on sale by late-2019 with a different name.

The seven-seater variant of the Harrier will bring with it multiple new elements that are missing on the five-seater Harrier. The alloy wheels are likely to be 18-inch units instead of the 17-inch units on the current Harrier. It will also get a larger rear quarter glass along with an extended overhang to make space for the third row. The bootlid and tail lamps design on the Buzzard that was unveiled in Geneva are quite different to the ones offered on the Harrier. While it’s based on the same OMEGA-ARC platform as the regular Harrier, it will be longer by 63mm (4661mm) and taller by 80mm (1786mm) than the Harrier it is based on.

The test mule snapped here features a protrusion on the roof, which means the bigger Harrier might be equipped with a fixed glass roof for safety purposes, as hinted by Tata earlier this year. This feature, which acts like a panoramic sunroof but without the slide open function, should make its way to the Harrier in the future.

Since it will be hauling two extra passengers, the Harrier seven-seater’s 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine is likely to be offered in a higher state of tune. Instead of the five-seater Harrier’s 140PS, it is likely to produce close to 170PS, while the torque figure will remain the same at 350Nm. While it will continue to be offered with a 6-speed manual, the new SUV will also get the option of a 6-speed torque converter which will be offered with the Harrier as well in the coming months. The Harrier seven-seater is likely to receive an in-house developed 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine as well.

The seven-seater Tata Harrier will share its features with the current model, so prepare to see Xenon HID headlamps, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a nine-speaker JBL audio system, a 7-inch colour MID in the instrument cluster, six airbags, ESP, hill hold and hill descent control, traction control, and more. For more details regarding the Tata Harrier’s features, click here.

Tata is expected to launch the seven-seater Harrier by the end of this year. It is likely to command a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the regular Harrier, which is priced between Rs 12.70 lakh to Rs 16.26 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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