Tata Motors had showcased the H2X micro SUV concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It is expected that the closer to the production model will debut at the upcoming Auto Expo, which is scheduled to happen in the first week of February 2020. Internally called the Tata Hornbill, the new model will be the company’s smallest SUV in the market.
To be positioned between the Tiago and the Nexon, the Tata Hornbill will take on the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Renault Kwid and the Mahindra KUV100 NXT. The mini SUV is expected to be launched in the second half of this year, most probably around Diwali. It will be the brand’s second model to be based on the new ALFA modular platform that also underpins the Altroz premium hatchback.
The upcoming Hornbill micro SUV will adorn the Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN philosophy. In terms of proportions, the H2X concept is 3,840mm in length, 1,822mm in width and 1,635mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,450mm. The H2X based micro SUV will be developed at the company’s new Sanand based plant in Gujarat.
Tata Motors has already announced to discontinue its small diesel engines from the market. The micro SUV will be offered with a BSVI compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine that also powers the Altroz and the Tiago. While powering the Tiago, this engine produces 83bhp and 114Nm. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT.