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Tata Motors is all set to launch the seven-seater Harrier-based SUV, the Cassini, in the Indian market. The Tata Cassini made its public debut at the recently held 2019 Geneva Motor Show as the Buzzard SUV.
The Cassini is the much-awaited seven-seater variant of the Harrier SUV. The car has been spotted testing multiple times in India. However, this is the first time it has been spied after its global debut in Geneva.
The fresh set of spy pics of the Tata Cassini showcases the SUV completely camouflaged. However, the stylish alloy wheels and the front fascia, similar to the Harrier were clearly visible.
The Tata Cassini is based on the same OMEGA platform as the five-seater Harrier. It will also be the third model from Tata to be part of their latest 'Impact 2.0' design language, after the Harrier and the upcoming Altroz premium hatchback.
The Cassini is said to be longer than the Harrier by around 62mm, however, it will retain the same wheelbase as the five-seater variant. The Cassini SUV will feature a slightly changes rear profile, with different set of tail lights, C and D-pillar.
Interiors of the Tata Cassini will be largely similar to the Harrier SUV. This will include all the features and equipment seen on the five-seater variant. Once launched in India, the Tata Cassini will be the flagship model in the company's product lineup, positioned above the Hexa SUV.
Mechanically, the seven-seater Harrier-based SUV will receive the same 2.0-litre 'Kryotec' diesel engine. However, it will be tuned to produce a higher output of 170bhp and 350Nm of torque; compared to the 140bhp on the Harrier. The engine will continue to be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Although Tata Motors is expected to launch the Cassini with a Hyundai-sourced six-speed automatic transmission as well.
Thoughts On The Tata Cassini SUV
The Tata Cassini or the seven-seater Harrier-based SUV is expected to be launched in India sometime during the latter half of 2019. It is expected to carry a price tag higher than the Hexa SUV offering. Once launched in India, the Tata Cassini SUV will take on rivals such as the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the Mahindra Alturas G4.
Image Courtesy: Motor World India