Tata Harrier 7-Seat Version Spotted

  • Jul 03, 2019

Tata Motors, one of India’s leading automobile manufacturers, has reportedly been busy readying an automatic version of the Harrier midsized sports utility vehicle (SUV) for quite some time now. While the car is expected to be launched later this year, it was recently spotted being tested under a heavily camouflaged avatar near Pune. The vehicle spotted was a 7-seat car which was probably previewed as the Tata Buzzard at the Geneva Motor Show this year.

The Tata Harrier is hauled by a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel motor which produces 140PS maximum power and 350Nm peak torque. The turbocharged engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) system. The test car spotted is believed to be the automatic transmission (AT) version of the Harrier. The powertrain is expected to be more powerful than the Harrier’s current version which has a Fiat-sourced engine. It’s the same motor which hauls the Morris Garages (MG) Hector and Jeep Compass. Both cars output 170PS maximum power.

The 7-seat version of the Harrier, which could be the Buzzard, is also expected to produce 170PS maximum power. The engine, in all likelihood, will be mated to an AT system. The car could attract a premium of around ₹1lakh over the price of the existing Harrier which is pegged between ₹13 lakh to ₹16.76 lakh (both prices ex-showroom).

The 7-seat Harrier will be launched with a BS-VI emission standard compatible engine. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk which was launched recently is currently the only car in the Indian market to have a 4-cyliner, 2.0-litre BS-VI compatible engine. The MG Hector is expected to get a BS-VI motor later this year. Tata, however, is unlikely to pull the plug on the 2.0-litre diesel motor as it may irk its existing customers. It may retain the engine in the lower variants of the Harrier.


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