In Tata’s product lineup, the Blackbird will sandwich between Nexon and Harrier.
Tata Motors has two big launches for this year – Altroz premium hatchback and Buzzard 7-seater SUV. While the former will hit showrooms in coming months, the latter will see a release by the end of 2019. The home-grown carmaker is also working on a compact SUV – codenamed – Tata Blackbird. In Tata’s product lineup, the Blackbird will sandwich between the Nexon and Harrier. Here’re 5 interesting facts about the upcoming Tata compact SUV.
1. Re-badged Chery Tiggo 5X
We have reported earlier that the Chinese automaker, Chery is planning to enter India through a joint venture with Tata Motors. Both carmakers already work in a partnership in China. In India, Tata might bring in re-badged version of the Cherry Tiggo 5X (Tata Blackbird).
2. Alfa Platform & Impact 2.0 Design
Tata’s new compact SUV will be based on the Alfa (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform that also underpins the upcoming Altroz hatchback and H2X concept based micro SUV. This architecture is not only compatible to different body styling, but for pure electric and hybrid powertrains as well. The Alfa platform is claimed to be developed for delivering maximum utility space around the driver, rear legroom and luggage area. Similar to Tata’s new breed cars, the Tata Blackbird will feature the new-generation Impact 2.0 design language.
3. New Turbocharged Engine
Reports suggest that the Tata Blackbird might get the Nexon’s BS6-eady 1.5L diesel engine. Though, it will be calibrated for generating extra power. The carmaker is also working on a new 1.6L turbocharged petrol engine that will debut on the Harrier and its 7-seater version. The same powertrain could also be used for the Blackbird. The compact SUV is likely to come with both manual and automatic gearbox options.
4. Debut At 2020 Auto Expo
While the carmaker remains tight lipped about launch and details of its new compact SUV, it’s likely to debut at the Delhi Auto Expo in February, 2020. The company might showcase the concept version of the Blackbird at the biennial event, followed by its launch in late 2020 or early 2021.
5. Competition & Pricing
Tata Blackbird will gun up against the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur and the upcoming Kia Seltos. The new compact SUV from the home-grown carmaker is likely to be priced from Rs 11 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom).
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