Tata Gravitas: What Will It Offer Over The Harrier?
The Gravitas will become Tata’s flagship SUV once it is launched so what will it get to take that crown from the Harrier?
We have sighted the Gravitas once again. And that‘s far too many times to tell you. According to our calendar, the SUV should have been launched by now, but that has not been the case. The most recent spy shots don’t really tell us something new, apart from the fact that Tata is still testing some aspects of the car. Since it is meant to be the carmaker’s new flagship model, here’s how the Gravitas will differentiate itself from the Harrier, the SUV it is based on:
Will Get Captain Seats
The basic premise of the Gravitas is that it is a 7-seater version of the Harrier by adding a third row of seats. However, another version of the Gravitas is expected and it will only seat six. The second row of this SUV was spotted with captain seats for added comfort. Like MG has done with the Hector Plus, Tata might launch the 6-seater variant first and follow it up with the 7-seater version soon after.
Petrol Engine From Launch?
With the amount of delay that has already taken place, we expect that the Gravitas could even be offered with a petrol engine right from the time it is launched. Tata has been working on developing a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with direct injection primarily for models based on the OMEGA ARC platform. It will likely make its way into the Harrier after debuting on the Gravitas. Like the diesel, an automatic option will also be offered with the new petrol.
More Feature Loaded Than The Harrier
The Gravitas will be a flagship model for Tata and we expect it to be a feature loaded offering. More than the Harrier, that is. For starters, we expect an updated infotainment system with the 8.8-inch touchscreen display that will feature connected car tech. We also expect that parking brake to become an electronic one based on the pre-production model seen at the auto expo, which will be a departure from the aircraft style lever you get on the Harrier. Other expected features include powered tailgate, rear disc brakes and dual-tone interior with cream leather upholstery.
Different Styling Than The Harrier
The Gravitas is essentially an extended version of the Harrier but Tata will employ different styling to differentiate the two. The Gravitas looks completely different from the C-pillar onwards. The rear end gets an upright design compared to the Harrier’s rakish styling. Tata could also make slight revisions to the front end of the Gravitas, like the grille for instance, to differentiate it even more as MG did with the Hector Plus.
A Bigger Price Tag
The Gravitas will be able to seat more people and will likely offer more features, so a bigger price tag is a given. The question that remains is how much bigger will be that price tag? We are expecting a premium of about Rs 1 lakh over similarly equipped variants of the Harrier. For your reference, the diesel-only Harrier’s price starts around Rs 13.69 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 20.25 lakh (ex-showroom India).
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