At this year’s Auto Expo, we have witnessed multiple exciting unveilings from Tata Motors. With the return of Sierra nameplate in the form of Tata Sierra EV SUV concept, the carmaker makes quite a statement. Besides this, what grabbed much attention was the Tata HBX mini SUV concept. Just so you know, the HBX was first previewed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as ‘Tata H2X’. Here, we have listed 5 interesting facts about the HBX mini SUV that you should know.
1. 97% Production Ready
Pratap Bose, Design head of Tata Motors, has revealed that the showcased Tata HBX is 97% production-ready model. This means, the final version of the vehicle will stay true to the concept. Though, minor changes will be made to make it more practical. Styling bits like auxiliary fog lamps, large wheels, roof rack and some interior equipment won’t make to the production model.
2. “Rugged Little Rhino”
Tata says that the HBX design is a ‘true rugged little Rhino’ featuring compact dimensions and muscular design elements. It’s claimed to capture “the spirit of adventure” and has an attitude “to go any type of terrain”. This hints that the mini SUV will posses off-roading capabilities. With rugged styling and “solid proportions”, the HBX will target young buyers. Read – 5 All-New Tata Cars Unveiled At Auto Expo 2020
3. Bigger Than Ignis, KV100
The carmaker has confirmed that the HBX mini SUV will measure 3860mm in length, 1900mm in width (with mirrors) and 1880mm (with roof rack) in height. It sits on a 2445mm long wheelbase. This makes it bigger than its arch rivals – Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 – which measure 3700mm (L) X 1660mm (W) X 1595mm (H) and 3700mm (L) X 1735mm (W) X 1655mm (H) respectively.
4. Altroz’s Platform
Similar to the Altroz premium hatchback, the production-ready Tata HBX will sit on Alfa (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) platform that’s claimed to offer safety and versatility. It has been designed to accommodate multiple body styles including hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs and MPVs. In fact, it supports multiple powertrains including conventional petrol and diesel motors, hybrid and electric. Read – Tata Gravitas Coming Before 2020 Festive Season
5. Petrol Only
Tata HBX will be offered with petrol engine only. The mini SUV is likely to come with a 86bhp, 1.2L, 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol motor that also does duty in the Altroz. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be standard across the lineup. Interestingly, the carmaker is also working on electric version of the HBX that might hit roads by the end of 2021 or early 2022.
Tata HBX First Look Video