Tata Motors had revealed the all-new HBX sub-4 meter SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo. The new Tata HBX will be the brand’s smallest SUV, which will be launched this year in the Indian market. Here we bring you important details you would love to know about the upcoming Tata HBX micro SUV –
Concept or Production Model
Tata Motors had showcased the HBX as a concept at the 2020 Auto Expo. However, Pratap Bose, Global design head of Tata Motors said that the show car is 97% similar to that of the production version. It is also visible as only few parts like tyres, wheels and roof luggage carrier will be majorly changed in the production model.
Tata HBX – Second Model Based on ALFA platform
The new HBX is based on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) platform, which also underpins the Altroz premium hatchback. This modular architecture is designed to underpin products measuring under 4.3 meters in length. In fact, the next-gen Tiago, Tigor and the Nexon will be based on this platform.
Only Petrol – No Diesel
The Tata HBX will be offered with a single petrol engine option. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine that also powers the Tiago and the Altroz. This engine is capable of producing 85bhp of power and 110Nm of torque. The company has already discontinued its 1.05-litre diesel engine.
Tata HBX Electric Version in the Works
Tata Motors has announced to launch 4 new electric cars in India in the next 2 years. The company will launch the Altroz EV this year, which will be followed by an electric version of the HBX micro SUV. The company is also planning to price the HBX electric under Rs 10 lakh.
Video – Tata HBX Explained
Bigger than Rivals
The Tata HBX measures 3,860mm in length, 1,900mm in width and 1,880mm in height, which makes it bigger than its direct rivals including the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. In fact, the small SUV is 11mm wider and 28mm taller than the Nexon compact SUV.
Design Inspiration from Rhinoceros
Tata Motors claims that the HBX design inspiration comes from the Rhinoceros. In fact, few Rhinoceros images are embossed on the car all around. The company confirmed that these details will be offered with the production model as well. While the Nexon compact SUV comes with a more coupe-SUV profile, the Tata H2X has more imposing SUV’s stance. The micro SUV gets bigger front bumper, flat roof, squared wheel arches and high ground clearance.
Interior shared with the Altroz
The Tata HBX micro SUV shares the cabin with the Altroz hatchback. It gets a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with modern day connectivity features, a multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control and others.
Launch During Festive Season
Tata Motors has already confirmed that the HBX micro SUV will be launched this year. The SUV will arrive before Diwali festive season, and is likely to be launched around September-October 2020.
To be produced at Sanand, Gujarat Plant
The HBX micro SUV will be produced at the Tata Motors’ Sanand-based plant in Gujarat. This facility will also serve as a production hub for Tata’s upcoming lower-end models based on the ALFA-ARC platform.
The all-new Tata HBX will be the smallest SUV from Tata Motors in India. Like other Tata cars, the small SUV will come with aggressive price tag. We believe that the new model will be priced around Rs 5 lakh – Rs 7 lakh.