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Tata Buzzard seven-seater SUV to replace Hexa

Tata Hexa will be phased out before the BS VI emission norms kick in, report says

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Tata Buzzard is the seven-seater variant of the Tata Harrier SUV and it is likely to replace the Hexa. The homegrown automaker is planning to phase out the Hexa before the new BS-VI emission kicks in India. Tata Buzzard was displayed for the first time at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Like the current five-seater Harrier, Tata Buzzard seven-seater SUV will be underpinned by Land Rover's D8 platform that underpins the Discovery Sport. It will be powered by a more powerful BS-VI compliant version of the 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine. A 6-speed manual gearbox and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission will be there as option.

The Tata Hexa was launched in January 2017 wit a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The automaker has decided post BS-VI implementation across the country, the upgraded 2.2-litre diesel motor will be available for commercial applications only.

Tata Motors believes the emission limits for BS-VI engines are more stringent for the passenger vehicles, compared to the commercial vehicles. As a result, an engine for a CV can be upgraded at a comparatively lower investment and it will hep the automaker to keep the price hike in check.

It is rationalising its engine portfolio in its transition to BS-VI and due to this, the automaker will discontinue its current 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel engine that works in Tiago and Tigor compact cars. Because, the company thinks high cost of upgrading this engine will not justify the investment.

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