Tata Gravitas – Should You Wait Or Buy A Harrier Instead?

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tata gravitas - should you buy it

The Tata Gravitas is all over the news, as Tata Motors rekindled the conversation after officially naming the upcoming flagship SUV as the ‘Tata Gravitas’. The flagship SUV is, in essence, the seven-seater version of the Tata harrier that is currently on sale in India.

The concept form of the Tata Gravitas, which was internally codenamed the H7X, was first showcased earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show as the Tata Buzzard. The Gravitas was scheduled to launch earlier this year during the festive season, however, due to several reasons – one of them probably being the new BS-VI emission norms – it was delayed.

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Coming to the point, should you wait for the Gravitas to launch or just go ahead with the Tata Harrier if you are in the market looking for a Tata SUV? Let’s break it down for you.

Tata Gravitas Design

tata gravitas - should you buy it
Tata Gravitas is longer and taller than the Harrier

The Tata Gravitas will sport similar external design upfront, an upside-down headlight design and a revamped grille. From the side is when you would notice the difference as the Gravitas is longer, owing to the extra row of seating and the slightly taller profile. The Tata Gravitas will also sport a new alloy wheel design and the rear overhang is evident, owing to the longer body.

Dimensions – Gravitas vs Harrier

Dimensions are where one would notice a lot of differences, although only when compared side-by-side. The Tata Gravitas is longer and taller, while it shares the same width and wheelbase as the Harrier. Both vehicles are built on the same OMEGA architecture borrowed from Land Rover. Below are the detailed dimensions of the Gravitas and the Harrier.

Tata Gravitas compared against the Harrier in dimensions

Comfort and safety

Again, in terms of interior and comfort, the Gravitas shares many components from the Harrier. The infotainment system is straight out of the Harrier that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation, voice command, etc. Most of the convenience features such as auto headlamps and wipers, the instrument cluster, the keyless ignition system, JBL speakers with a subwoofer, and much more will be carried over too.

tata gravitas - should you buy it
The interior of the Gravitas will borrow elements from the Harrier

In terms of safety, the Gravitas is expected to offer features a notch above the Harrier, like airbags for the third row. Other safety equipment such as side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, hill-start assist, hill descent control, ESP, cornering lamps, and the reverse parking camera will be carried over.

Engine specifications on the Tata Gravitas

The Harrier and the Gravitas will share the same engine — a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit. However, in the Gravitas, the BS-VI unit will be tuned to produce 170 bhp and 350 Nm of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai-sourced torque converter (automatic).

The Gravitas will also offer the terrain response system like the Harrier, however, it will be a front-wheel-driven vehicle (Bummer!). This will help the Gravitas conquer similar terrain that the Harrier can, while capabilities could be similar or marginally restricted owing to the Gravitas’ longer overhand at the rear.

tata gravitas - should you buy it
The rear section sees design updates owing to an extra row of seats

Answering the question — should you buy the Tata Gravitas or choose the Harrier instead?

If you are a person looking for a good, well-built SUV with modern features to conquer tarmac, both vehicles make sense, however, the Gravitas’ extra row of seats could come in handy if you are a large family. The Gravitas will be a capable soft-roader, however, if you are in a hurry, go for the Harrier as both vehicles will offer almost similar equipment.

Also, the Gravitas’s launch is expected to happen in 2020 (hopefully in Feb when it’s scheduled to be showcased) and if time permits and you’re willing to shell out around ₹1–2 lakh more than the Harrier, the Gravitas could be a good option as it comes with a BS-VI engine.

If WheelBHP was to recommend one for you, we say get the Harrier and save the extra money, unless the Gravitas manages to impress us. Stay tuned for the review, or the unveiling day, as Tata has the capabilities to surprise people on first impressions!

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Rajkamal Narayanan

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