Tata has finally taken the wraps off its earlier codenamed H7X with a bizarre name. The Tata Buzzard, or at least what the brand is sticking up with for the ongoing Geneva motor show is the brand’s new flagship SUV which will sit on top of the Harrier. In other sense the Buzzard is a longer version of the Harrier. The seven seater Tata Buzzard share its OMEGA platform as well as the wheelbase of 2,741 mm with the five seater Tata Harrier, both of which are derivative of Land Rover’s D8 platform. With the addition of third row, the Buzzard is however 62 mm longer and 80 mm taller than its five seater sibling. The seats are now fairly flat with oversized head restraints.
Up front, the Buzzard sports a striking resemblance to the Harrier and is almost similar in design. The brand feels to make the front of the Harrier an extensive portfolio under different configurations for the future. The sides however have now changed, with a large rear quarter glass and more pronounced roof rails gives the car a good stance. The rear of the Buzzard is also slightly revised to differentiate it from the standard five seater Harrier. The rear taillights gets further elongated in dimension with a bigger black clad running between the two, the curve on the rear window panels significantly less when compared to the Harrier, giving the Buzzard a more boxier appearance over a rounded rear of the Harrier. The interior however, for now remains to be unchanged and Tata comments on updating the equipments as well as bringing minor moderations to differentiate the two from the inside. Use of generous amount of wood on the dash does enhances the appeal of the car from the inside. The car now sits on 19 inch rims as compared to 18 inch.
Powering the Buzzard is the same 2.0 litre Kryotec diesel engine from the Harrier but will be retreated to produce more power at 170 hp instead of 140 hp. The engine will be paired to the same 6 speed manual and is rumoured to also get Hyundai sourced 6 speed torque convertor automatic later. Rumours also suggest that the Buzzard will be company’s replacement to company’s outgoing flagship Tata Hexa, and will give Tata another chance to take up against the likes of much loved Mahindra XUV500.
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