Tata Buzzard will go on sale towards the end of this year and it will use the more powerful 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine
Tata Motors hosted the global premiere of the Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show this past March in its 21st year of presence at the motoring show in Switzerland. The seven-seater Harrier had already been confirmed to launch later this year and its debut could be scheduled around the festive season when the customer buying sentiments will be largely positive.
Ahead of its launch, new spy pictures of the Tata Buzzard have emerged on the internet courtesy of Srinivasan Jagadeeswaran who posted them at Jeep Compass Owners (India) Facebook group. The heavily camouflaged test mule indicates the presence of the same Impact Design 2.0 styling philosophy found in the Harrier five-seater sibling – even the 17-inch alloy wheels are no different.
The test mule further reiterates that there will be no cosmetic changes except for the larger rear overhang to accommodate the third-row seat. The Buzzard could bear a different name for India and it will directly go up against Jeep Compass and the upcoming seven-seat MG Hector.
The latter will go on sale before April 2020 and it has already been previewed through the three-row Wuling Almaz – a derivative of the Baojun 530 just as the Hector. The Buzzard will derive power from the 2.0-litre Kryotec four-cylinder diesel engine tuned to develop 30 PS more power. The engine, also featuring under the bonnet of Compass and Hector, will kick out 170 PS and 350 Nm.
It will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission while a six-speed Hyundai-sourced torque converter automatic unit is believed to be offered as an option. A four-wheel-drive variant of the Harrier cannot be ruled out in the near future.
However, ahead of the BSVI emission regulations coming into effect, an all-new petrol engine will likely be added to the Harrier’s lineup. Sharing similar underpinnings with the Harrier, the Buzzard sits on the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform and it will boast features like an 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system and seven-inch coloured TFT instrument screen as the Harrier.