Tata has showcased the much anticipated 7-Seater Gravitas in the 2020 Auto Expo that is ongoing in Noida. It shares the underpinning with Harrier but is not anything like its 5-seater brother. The rear overhang has increased in size to facilitate space for the third-row passengers. Similarities with the Harrier gets over soon after the A-pillar and then Tata has gone forth and redesigned it for a more spacious and airy cabin.
Wheelbase remains the same at 2741 mm but the length has gone up by 63 mm and is now 80 mm taller due to the raised roofline, which is very similar to that of the old Land Rover Freelander. It now gets a new rear quarter glass that replaces the sloping design of Harrier. On the exterior, most of the changes are confined to the rear. The Gravitas gets a larger rear windshield and a broader rear bumper which beefs up the SUV’s road presence. It now also flaunts a larger roof spoiler to go with the pumped up rear design. These changes make it look completely different vehicle despite being heavily similar to the Harrier.
The interior is also similar to that of Harrier and has a piano black texture. It flaunts the same floating display with chrome inserts to bring a contrasting touch. The dashboard along with the three-spoke steering wheel has been retained in the Gravitas and comes in either black and brown dual-tone upholstery. The front seats are the same but second and the new third rows are completely different both in design and ergonomics.
The Gravitas will be offered in either a six or seven seaters with the six-seater coming in with second-row captains seats. Otherwise, it will have a bench seat setup as the Harrier and will provide with the same level of comfort as the harrier. But praiseworthy mention is of the captain seats that are extremely comfortable and provides with the same overall support as the front row seats.
Performance is retained from the Harrier as the Gravitas is also powered by the same Fiat-sourced 2.0L diesel engine but it is now in the BS6 compliant avatar. It pumps out the same 170 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque and is transferred to the front wheels via a 6-Speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is also on offer in the higher trims and has been sourced from Hyundai. The added weight can steal off from the performance figures but we will have to wait and see as to how much is the effect.
The platform on which both Harrier and Gravitas has been designed and made is derived from Land Rover’s legendary D8 platform that has been the underpinning for various off-road worthy Land Rovers. Tata claims that the new Gravitas will set new benchmarks in various attributes. Tata has not just slapped on an extra row of seats. The third row gets a dedicated pair of air-con vents and also comes with USB charging ports. With all of the rows up, cargo space is just there for name’s sake. But if the third row is obsolete, then folding them would open up a world of storage opportunities.
The 7-Seater Harrier will most probably go on sale from as soon as next month and will be priced from Rs. 17.8 lakhs. As far as Tata’s is concerned, the showcased product will be the final one and it looks as gorgeous as ever.