Tata Motors has reviled his all-new SUV yesterday the company called it Gravitas. The company also disclosed the month in which this SUV is going to be revealed which is February 2020. From our sources, we have deduced that it may be a 7-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) which we first saw in the Auto Show as Tata Buzzard (H7X) in this year's Geneva Motor Show International. It has been spied testing, fully camouflaged, multiple times in the past few months. After having a look we can say that it is sharing Harrier's platform and other components also be the same as Harrier. It will be going to compete with rivals like the Mahindra XUV500 and also the upcoming 7-seater MG Hector. We expect the Gravitas to come at a premium of Rs 1 lakh over the Harrier, or in between of Rs 14 lakh to Rs 17.96 lakh somewhere.
It is the second car that the company is going to build on the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture (OMEGA Arc) after the Harrier. We loved the Buzzard's tall stance, flared wheel arches, and D-pillar styling. The Gravitas is going to be longer than the Harrier. It is also likely to retain Buzzard's raised roof design for the boot area which we have seen in the test model. It will have a more upright tailgate and longer overhangs which differentiate the Buzzard from the Harrier. Changes to the rear passengers seem to be more extensive than those to the front. The Gravitas might have more chrome in its fascia to give the flagship touch to Tata a classier, and more premium appearance.
Fiat's 2.0-litre diesel engine is powering the current Harrier. In the BS4 spec engine, it makes 140PS and 350Nm of torque. Tata could update it to compete with BS6 norms and package it as the only option for the Gravitas. With the added weight of the design modifications as well as two extra passenger seats at the back, the company might give the Gravitas a bump in power.
We have some more good news, for you all that the test mule spied last month gave us a peek into the cabin.
The Gravitas could be offered with the long-awaited 6-speed automatic gearbox, which the company has taken from Hyundai. The Harrier's 6-speed manual would likely be the standard transmission.
The Gravitas will retain most of the Harrier's interior furnishings from the instrument cowl to the providing touchscreen with the piano black and silver finish to it which makes the SUV feel properly premium. As protrusion in the roof starts from the second row, so second-row passengers will going to have more room, too.
So the Gravitas will have the Harrier's 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We also expect that it will be going to have had cruise control, keyless entry, and push-button for start/stop (maybe some connected car features? automatic headlamps, and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Terrain and drive modes are likely as well.
The Gravitas will have all the suite of government-mandated safety features like reverse parking sensors, front airbags, EBD, ABS speed alert, and also seatbelt warning. Besides, it will also get side airbags for the upfront passengers and the curtain airbags for the second row, cornering lamps, hill start assist, hill descent control, as well as a reversing camera. Curtain airbags for the third row are added, although we are not sure the Gravitas will offer them.
So what do you think of the upcoming (SUV) Gravitas? From our point of view, it has all the ingredients necessary to make it an effective softroader. The big question is that the company is ready to create a wave as Harrier has created in the Indian market?
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