Tata Buzzard Preview
After its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, the Buzzard has generated a lot of interest among the public. The vehicle has also been spotted a numbers of times on Indian roads, as a test mule, heavily camouflaged to ensure it's a secret. However, after having been revealed, we now know the Buzzard looks identical to the Harrier, but has a taller, more upright extension at the rear.
Design-wise, the Buzzard gets the same slim LED DRLs, with the main headlamps placed below. The honeycomb grille too, looks like the one on the Harrier. The roof rails on the Buzzard give it a taller stance. It also appears longer, as it has to accommodate two more occupants in the third row at the rear. The quarter glass at the rear too, looks huge, and the show car came shod with 19-inch wheels. It also shares the same OMEGA platform with the Harrier.
Expect the cabin to look identical to the Harrier's – right from the faux wood finish on the dashboard, the upright infotainment screen, to the upholstery and that aviation-inspired parking brake lever. Boot space is expected to be lesser compared to the Harrier with the third row seats in place, the third-row of seats will get AC vents. With the third row seats folded, the Buzzard will naturally have more luggage space than the five-seater Harrier.
Power will come from the same 2.0-litre, Kyrotec diesel engine that does duty in the Harrier, but is expected to make more power at 167bhp. The Buzzard will also come with the option of a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox alongside the 6-speed manual transmission version.
With the Buzzard, Tata will take on the likes of the Mahindra XUV5OO and the MG Hector.