Tata has now revealed it’s new SUV for the year 2020. This Harrier based 7- seater which is to be launched in early 2020, will be called Gravitas.
The design will be based on the IMPACT 2.0 design language which is found in new generation Tata cars. It looks quite similar, infact identical to Harrier from the front. On the side, you can notice that it rides on larger 19-inch diamond-cut alloys compared to 17-inch ones on the Harrier. The side profile is quite similar too but towards the rear, a stepped roof can be seen compared to a sloping roof on the Harrier. This helps in creating additional space for the 3rd row. At the rear too, it’s got a taller tail that adds to a boxy look. Taillights are carried forward from Harrier, there is no change here. Another key change is the addition of roof rails.
Though it gets boxy elements, it certainly differentiates itself from other conventional SUVs in the segment. It gets the best road presence in its segment.
The key USP of Gravitas over Harrier is the additional 3rd row of seats. With all three rows up, there isn’t much space left for the luggage in the boot however as you tumble down the 3rd row of seats, you get a humongous amount of boot space. The space in the third row however isn’t much, though it is good enough for short rides. The space in the second row is extremely good like the Harrier. Under thigh support is more than adequate, the headroom is in abundance, and the legroom is also very good. The second row seems to be a good place to be in for long drives.
Also, one-touch tumble for middle row seats adds to the convenience of getting into the 3rd row.
In terms of features, like Harrier it will also get an 8.8” touchscreen infotainment system sporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity mated to a 10 speaker Harman music system. Some connected car features may be offered however there’s no clarity about that. Hill hold/descent control, ESP Modes, ABS+EBD as standard, Traction Control, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, Automatic Climate Control, Automatic Headlamps will be offered. It may also get a sunroof in the top variant or it may be offered as an additional accessory.
It gets designated AirCon vents for all three rows. Controls for the 3rd row lies in the 3rd row.
Gravitas will be offered with the same 2.0l Kryotec Motor, sourced from Fiat. However, it will be offered in a higher state of tune at 170BHP compared to 140BHP of the Harrier. Torque output remains the same at 350NM. It will also be BSVI compliant. It is expected to be mated to a 6 speed Manual Transmission as standard and a Hyundai sourced 6-speed Automatic Transmission will also be offered for higher variants. It will also get Eco, City, and Sports drive modes that will alter the power output from the motor.
The availability of a 4x4 or All-Wheel Drive system is still uncertain. However, it will continue to get Smart ESP Modes that work decently well and help the car perform amazingly for a front-wheel-drive setup.
Pricing, Launch, and Competition:
Gravitas is expected to carry a price tag of as low as ₹14.5lacs for the base variant and will stretch to somewhere around ₹19 lacs for the top variant.
It will be launched at the Auto Expo 2020 in February. With its launch, it shall compete with the Mahindra XUV 500, the upcoming 7 seaters Hector, Hyundai Tucson, and Jeep Compass.