Tata Motors showcased the HBX sub 4 meter SUV rumored to be called the Hornbill, in India at Auto Expo 2020. Looks wise It is shorter in length but taller and wider than the Nexon and will likely to be placed under the Nexon The SUV is likely to be powered by the Tiago’s BS6 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine which makes 83PS and 114Nm of torque. We expect the mini SUV to be launched in India by the festive season later this year 2020. It is likely to be priced at Rs 5 lakh – 5.5 lakhs once after launch it shall compete with Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100.
the HBX Concept was one of the most important unveils of auto expo, as it was a close to production version of the H2X Concept showcased in Geneva in 2019. Tata Motors has now confirmed that the final, production-spec mini-SUV, based on the HBX, will be launched in FY2021 (between April 2020 – March 2021). The production version of TATA HBX was originally planned to launch by end of this year 2020, but to do delay happened due to COVID-19 led epidemic forced automobile maker to launch this car by first half of next year
While the base engine option is expected to be the same 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated petrol also found in the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz, Another fact worth highlighting is that the HBX could also come with the direct-injection version of Tata’s 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine.
After launch HBX shall be first entry level SUV launched by automobile maker, also After TATA Altroz HBX shall be second car from automobile maker to be based on new ALPHA platform, interestingly it is longer and taller than the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the HBX has an muscular stance, a beefy front end and muscular wheel arches – touches that will appeal to the SUV loving audience.
Just like exterior, 90% of interior too shall remain the same as showcased in auto expo, Talking about features, the Tata HBX is expected to get a part-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control and a free-standing touchscreen for the infotainment system. Gearbox options for the Tata HBX will likely include a 5-speed manual and an AMT. There will be no diesel engine on offer, but Tata is working on an all-electric version of the HBX, which should arrive in a couple of years.
At this point, there are no real rivals for the HBX, but the ones that come closest to matching the mini-SUV for what it is are the Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100, which is also set to go down the petrol-only route. Expect Tata HBX prices to be in the range of Rs 05lakh – 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom). With the introduction of the HBX, Tata Motors will have an extensive line-up of SUVs, including the flagship three-row Tata Gravitas, which is also set to be launched later this year.
The HBX Concept have futuristic and sports unique design elements which sets it apart from the new crop of Tatas.
Based on the same ALFA platform as the Altroz, the HBX is said to have a 50mm smaller wheelbase. The nose is akin to the Harrier with sleek LEDs on top and tri-arrow design where the headlamps will be placed. The imposing bumpers hint at aggressive body cladding on the production model while the overly futuristic wheels will surely be toned down a few notches.