TATA HBX : Near Production Ready Model Displayed At Auto Expo 2020
Tata Motors is working on a car to take on the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV 100 NXT. The car to rival these micro SUVs will be the HBX. Tata showcased an exciting HBX concept at the Auto Expo. The model was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, 2019. The car underpins Tata Motors’s new ALFA architecture modular platform.
The concept car features a rugged and bold styling. It gets a boxy design that suits it character quite well. The concept carriers most of the design elements from the previous concept showcased at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. This version is pretty much close to the production model. It features a Nexon facelift like front grille (Humanity line) and sleeker split headlamps like the Harrier.
The rear taillamps look quite unique and attractive It gets a massive faux skid plate at the front and the rear. The squared wheel arches and sharp crease lines on the side body give the car a muscular stance, but such fancy types never make it to the production. The car on display was showcased with an off-road package that includes: off-road tyres and roof rail.
The HBX is likely to share most of the features from its siblings. It gets a 7 inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, steering mounted controls, compass in the dashboard.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The HBX is expected to share the Tata Altroz’s 1.2 litre 3 cylinder Revotron petrol engine that produces 86 PS and 113 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be mated to a 5 speed MT. An AMT will be offered, but sometime after launch, as is with other Tata cars. As Tata has scrapped off the diesel mill from the Tiago and Tigor, so might be the case with HBX.
Pratap Bose, VP, Global Design, Tata Motors has said, “This is what you will get in the final car. the concept is about 95 % of the production spec model.”
RIVALS, PRICE & LAUNCH
The HBX micro SUV will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV 100. We expect a starting price of around Rs. 5 lakhs. The car is slated for launch in second half of this year. Tata has plans to electrify the HBX as well, with this being the third car after Nexon EV and Altroz EV that will utilise the Ziptron EV technology.
The Tata HBX is surely an exciting product to wait for. Do let us know by writing in the comments section below what you think of this upcoming micro SUV, HBX from Tata.
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