Tata Gravitas To Launch By March 2021
Tata debuted the Gravitas (as Buzzard) at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and showcased it at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020 as well. The carmaker has now confirmed that the 7-seater Harrier-based SUV will be launched in the market by March 2021.
Talking to a publication, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Business Unit President Shailesh Chandra reportedly said, "Going forward two additional models are going to come - Gravitas and Hornbill (codenames). Gravitas will be a seven-seater SUV while Hornbill will be a subcompact SUV so we will have four SUVs in our portfolio which would be the widest portfolio. It would help strengthen our market position and sales in the coming years. The company plans to launch the Gravitas during the last quarter of this fiscal. It is yet to fix a date for the Hornbill introduction."
Designwise, the Gravitas looks similar to the Harrier till the c-pillar. Post that, it gets a flatter roofline and large quarter glass in order to accommodate the extra row of seats. Around the back, it features a bigger windshield and redesigned tail lamps, bumper and tailgate. Upfront, like the Harrier, it gets top-mounted dual-function LED DRLs and headlamps integrated in the bumper.
On the inside, it looks identical to the Harrier, with the only visible change being the addition of an extra row of seats. The Gravitas also gets captain seats in the second row instead of the bench seat of the Harrier. Features on offer are likely to be the same as the Harrier, if not more. The Harrier gets up to 6 airbags, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto-dimming IRVM, auto AC with rear AC vents, powered driver’s seat and a panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, the Gravitas will be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine as the Harrier. It makes 170PS of power and 350Nm mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. Tata might also introduce a petrol engine with the Gravitas as the carmaker is said to be working on a turbocharged petrol engine. If Tata introduces a petrol engine with the Gravitas, it should make way to the Harrier as well.
When launched, the Gravitas is expected to be priced at a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the corresponding variant of the Harrier. The Harrier is currently priced from Rs 13.84 lakh to Rs 20.30 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will take on the likes of the MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV500.
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