The Tata Hornbill micro SUV concept will debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Tata Motors has begun its all-new innings in the Indian market with the Tiago hatchback that turned out to be an instant hit and still continue to generate volume for the company. After the Tata Tiago, the carmaker expanded its product portfolio with the Tigor compact sedan and Nexon compact SUV. Interestingly, all new breed of cars which are based on Tata’s Impact design philosophy prove to be a triumph card for the carmaker. The company previewed the new-generation of its design language with the unveiling of Tata H5X (Tata Harrier) SUV and Tata 45X hatchback concepts at the Auto Expo.
While the Tata H5X marked debut of the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture), the 45X premium hatchback is based on the AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) architecture. The company’s upcoming micro SUV (Tata X445) will be one of the new models to feature the next-generation Impact Design 2.0 language and AMP platform along with muscular body built. Internally known as Tata Hornbill, the micro SUV will face challenge from cars like Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100. Read – Tata Harrier 7-Seater To Debut In 2020
Tata Hornbill (X445) India Launch
Mayank Pareek, president of the passenger vehicle division at Tata Motors, said that over 1 million hatchback buyers have upgraded to higher segment and almost 58% of them replace their vehicles in every six years. Therefore, there is good scope for micro or small SUV. Ahead of 2018 Auto Expo, the home-grown carmaker had teased a range of its new products including a SUV, hatchback, micro SUV and a sedan. Read – New Tata Premium Sedan To Challenge Honda City
No official word has been made about the Tata Hornbill launch. Though, the reports suggest that the new mini SUV from Tata will make global debut in its concept avatar at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 2019. The production version of the SUV could be revealed at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, followed by its launch. Stay tuned for official launch date and details of the Hornbill (Tata X445).
Tata Hornbill (X445) Price In India
In the mini SUV space, the Tata Hornbill will lock horns against the Maruti Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. With high-level of localization, the X445 micro SUV is likely to be priced competitively against its arch rivals. We expect it to be priced around Rs 5 lakh for the base model and up to Rs 7 lakh for the range-topping trim. Read – 4 Upcoming Tata SUVs In India
Tata Hornbill (X445) Specifications
Official engine details are yet to be revealed. Though, Tata’s new micro SUV is likely to share its powertrains with the Tiago hatchback that’s available with both petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol version of the hatch is propelled by a 1.2L Revotron engine pushing out a peak power of 84bhp at 6,000rpm against 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. The diesel model comes fitted with a 1.05L Revotorq motor generating a top power of 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 140Nm torque between 1,800rpm-3,000rpm. The carmaker, however, will tune both powertrians to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. In fact, the oil burner could also be detuned for the micro SUV. Read – New-Gen Tata Sumo With Modern Tech Is A Possibility
Tata Hornbill (X445) Mileage
If the Tata X445/Tata Hornbill will borrow its engines from the Tiago, the petrol and diesel models of the vehicle are expected to be as fuel efficient as its donor sibling. On the hatch, the gasoline unit delivers a claimed mileage of 23.84kmpl and the diesel motor returns 27.28kmpl. Official figures, however, may vary for the micro SUV.
Tata Hornbill (X445) Exterior & Interior
As of now, the exterior and interior details of the Tata Hornbill are unavailable. The latest camouflaged spy picture also managed to hide its design details. Speculations suggest that the X445 will feature typical SUV-ish traits such as tall stance and high ground clearance. The upright pillars hint at the enough cabin space. It will share its underpinning with the 45X concept based hatchback – i.e. AMP platform. The Hornbill will be the third Tata product to feature the new Impact Design 2.0 language.
Compared to the Tiago hatchback, the roofline of the mini SUV will be slightly straight. It might also sport Tata’s signature ‘Humanity Line’ grille, pronounced wheel arches, large wheels and a floating roof. Interior design and features are also likely to be carried over from the hatchback. Features such as a floating touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, airbags and ABS with EBD could be on offer.
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Tata Hornbill Preview
Tata Hornbill (X445) micro SUV will sit on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) and feature the new-generation Impact Design 2.0 language. It is likely to share some of its design bits and features with the Tiago hatchback.