The nostalgic Sierra Concept at Auto Expo 2020 probably overshadowed it. But one of the most important disclosures at the show was the Tata HBX Concept. Since it is a close-to-production version of the H2X Concept that was displayed in Geneva in 2019. Tata Motors confirmed now that in FY 2020 (between April 2020 – March 2021). The final mini-SUV with production specs, based on the HBX, will be introduced.
The production of the Tata HBX, which was initially expected to launch in the second half of this year. It could potentially delay the introduction of the smallest Tata UVV as the result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It was known for some time that Tata Motors was using a micro SUV (codename: Hornbill). The future-oriented Tata HBX concept of the 2020 Auto Expo anticipated that model. Although Tata HBX will be launched only in August 2020, it will surely be an interesting product.
The HBX will be built on the new ALFA platform of Tata Motors.
It will be underneath the Nexon SUV range of Tata. With a length of 3840 mm and a height of 1.635 mm, the new Tata SUV will also be less than the Nexon with a wheelbase of 2 450 mm. The HBX is squared and sleek in design and looks like a down-scaled SUV. The Harrier SUV also contains styling indications – particularly in the two-part set-up headlights. At each end of the fine grille, there are LED DRLs. Meanwhile, the principal lamps are placed down on the buffer. Other elements of the style that can lead to the production of HBX are exaggerated. For example, wheel arches and floating roof effect.
The interior of the HBX concept provides insight into what is to come and retains the minimum theme.
The HBX has a significantly higher ‘H’ or hip point. in terms of space than the Altroz hatch of its sister car. This means that the legroom, room, and comfort are more effective. The front seats are big and supportive while the back seats appear to have plenty of room for three adults. In addition, the rather flat floor ought to give the passenger behind the center a little more room.
In terms of motor options, buyers won’t have much choice. The only version offered will be a BS-VI compatible version of the 1.2-liter natural petrol engine of the Tata Tiago.
When the new Tata SUV is launched, the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will compete. Foresee prices Tata HBX under Rs 5 lakh ( ex-showroom, estimated).