Tata Motors has bunch of new models for the Indian market that slated to launch in the next 12 months. The lineup includes the Tata Gravitas 7-seater premium SUV, HBX concept based mini SUV, Altroz turbo variant, an all-new compact SUV (codenamed Blackbird), a new compact sedan (codenamed Goshaq), a new 7-seater MPV and a couple of electric vehicles. While the Tata Gravitas is scheduled to launch this year, the Tata HBX concept based micro SUV will hit roads early next year.
The HBX mini SUV, which is currently in its testing phase, has been spotted multiple times in the country. Similar to the concept, the production-ready version will carry upright stance and Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language. Upfront, the model will have split-headlamps with the cluster placed lower down on the bumper along with the signature grille, LED DRLs and stylish fog lamps.
Design bits such as Tata’s ‘Humanity Line’ design elements, a steeply tapered C-pillar, pronounced belt line running across its length with squared out wheel arches and blacked out alloy wheels with knobby tyres are likely to be retained from the concept. The rear profile will be adored by a raked rear windscreen, a pronounced crease diving the tailgate and compact taillamps. Read – Tata Motors to Launch 5 Cars Within 12 Months
Similar to its concept, the production version might feature a roof mounted carrier. Dimensions are likely to remain unchanged. The Tata HBX concept was 3,840mm long, 1,822mm wide and 1,635mm tall, with a 2,450mm wheelbase. After the Altroz premium hatchback, it will be the second model from Tata to underpin the Alfa platform.
Interior details are scanty. Though, the production version is likely to come with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The range-topping variants of the mini SUV might be exclusively offered with Harman audio system. Features such as a semi-digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting and a multi function steering wheel will also be on offer. Read – Tata Nexon EV With Higher Range Might Come In Future
On the safety front, the new mini SUV from Tata might be equipped with multiple airbags, parking sensors, cornering stability program, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and brake assist.
Initially, the Tata HBX will be offered with petrol powertrain only. Its electric iteration has also been planned for the India that will come later. The petrol version is likely to be powered by a 1.2L Revotron turbocharged motor that’s good enough for 86bhp and 113Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be standard on the model lineup.
Tata HBX Mini SUV First Look Video