It looks like the Harrier-based 7-Seater Tata Buzzard will finally fill the gaping void left behind by the Tata Safari, to rival XUV500
The Tata Buzzard is the Harrier-based 7-seater SUV that made its public debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The new model, which is slated to launch in India before the end of this year, will become the new flagship model from the company. While the top-end version is likely to cost more than Rs 20 lakh (on-road), the new model will likely become a spiritual successor to the legendary Tata Safari.
While the Tata Hexa, which is an Aria-based SUV, does offer 7 seats and is quite capable off the road, it just lacks the macho character of the Safari. The Tata Buzzard, on the other hand, is based on the Harrier and has the brutish looks that one used to associate with the original Safari. As it will have a 4×4 option, it will be even able to go off the road. Furthermore, the new model seems to be slated to become a one-of-a-kind offering in its segment, which is what Safari was back when it debuted in 1998.
Another parallel between the Tata Buzzard and the Safari is that both are company’s global models. Back in the day, Safari used to be exported to many countries, including Europe. Similarly, the Buzzard will be also sold in many global markets.
The Tata Buzzard is 63 mm longer than the Harrier but shares the same wheelbase. The resultant longer overhang and the increased roof height mark a departure from the side profile of the Harrier. The rear is completely new as it has a new tailgate, new windshield and a new bumper.
The interior of the Tata Buzzard seems to be a true copy of the Harrier, at least till the second row, after which the new model has an additional row of seats. Most of the panels will be the same and the Buzzard will have the aircraft-inspired handbrake lever that can be found on the Harrier. It will also have the same steering wheel and the same switchgear.
Powering the Tata Buzzard will be an updated version of the 2.0-litre Kryotec engine that powers the Harrier. For the 7-seater SUV, it will offer a maximum power of 170 PS and 350 Nm. It will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The SUV will even offer the option of a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which will also make it to the Harrier.