Tata Buzzard will launch later this year, it might be called the Tata Cassini once it enters the Indian market where it will rival Compass, XUV500 and Hector
The Tata Buzzard was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show recently and is basically the production-spec H7X. The Buzzard is expected to launch as the Tata Cassini later this year. It will become a direct rival of two models – the Mahindra XUV500 and MG Hector. Interestingly, it will be bigger than both its main rivals.
As we said, the Tata Buzzard is basically a 7-seater cousin of the Harrier, which in itself is quitter bigger than the Mahindra XUV500. Now, the Buzzard and the Harrier share the wheelbase but the former is 63 mm longer due to a longer overhang.
This simply means that the new 7-seater SUV from Tata is much bigger than the XUV500. Even if you look at the MG Hector, which is quite big in spite of being a 5-seater, the Buzzard manages to outclass it when you compare the lengths, widths and heights of the two models.
The Tata Buzzard is 76 mm longer than the Mahindra XUV500, which is not surprising as even the Harrier is a longer model than the popular Mahindra SUV. It’s also marginally wider and taller too. From this, it is clear that the 7-seater SUV from Tata can easily dwarf its main rival, which will be the XUV500.
|Tata Buzzard||MG Hector||Mahindra XUV500|
|Length||4,661 mm||4,655 mm||4,585 mm|
|Width||1,894 mm||1,835 mm||1,890 mm|
|Height||1,786 mm||1,760 mm||1,785 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,741 mm||2,750 mm||2,700 mm|
The Tata Buzzard is bigger than even the MG Hector, which isn’t a small vehicle in the first place. The H7X-based SUV is 6 mm longer, a whopping 59 mm wider, and 26 mm taller. However, it’s wheelbase is 9 mm shorter. Compared to the Mahindra XUV500, the wheelbase of the new Tata SUV is 41 mm longer, though.
The Tata Buzzard is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 170 hp and 350 Nm. It will come mated to a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. Even the 2.0-litre diesel engine of the MG Hector is expected to deliver the same power and torque figures.
It will be available only with a 6-speed manual gearbox initially. The Mahindra XUV500, on the other hand, has a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 155 hp and 360 Nm. Transmission choices include 6-speed manual and automatic units.