Tata showcased the micro SUV at the recent Auto Expo. The small hatchback sized SUV was one of the key attraction at the Tata stall. When showcased in Geneva Motorshow as a concept, it was named as H2X. It was later called as Tata Hornbill, which was actually a rumoured name. Then, at last, it is named as the HBX. Now the company says that the Tata HBX is a nearly production-ready model. So it will be easy to get the right idea of the production model. The blog will be explaining the features and details that we will witness when it arrives showroom.
The design of the Tata HBX is kind of boxy that makes it look like an SUV. It gets the Tata’s impact 2.0 design language which we have already seen on previous cars. The front looks a lot similar to the Harrier due to similar LED strip and headlamp positioning. It kind of feels like a smaller brother of the Harrier. It gets a floating roof design, LED taillamps, roof rails. The showcased model had lots of accessories that set the bars high for the HBX. So we are expecting that the company will keep these accessories as an option.
Tata HBX will be based on the omega architecture platform which is currently shared with Nexon, Tiago, Tigor and Altroz. So it is expected to have good safety rating as other cars have scored at least 4-star in GNCAP. Personally, our team has loved the design of this micro-SUV and we are sure that it will attract many customers.
The interior bits will be shared with Altroz and other Tata cars. For example the steering wheel, infotainment system, seats, etc. The interior theme is expected to have black and grey treatment. The AC vents are rectangular styled outlined with chrome finish. The seats are expected to be similar to the Tiago and Tigor. The instrument cluster will be a semi-digital unit similar to the Tata Nexon. Overall the interior looks cleaner and nicer than the competition.
Safety features will include the dual-airbags, ABS with EBD as a standard. It will have a rear parking sensor as a standard while the top trim will have a rear parking camera. The micro-SUV will also have a dual-tone option, something which is missing in the segment.
The powertrain will be borrowed from the Tiago, Altroz. The engine option will only include the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit, which will be ofcourse BS6 compliant. The engine produces around 84 bhp and 113 Nm peak torque. It will be mated with a 5-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic gearbox. Considering the rivals it will be the most powerful car in the segment.
Price and Launch Date
The pricing of the Tata HBX is expected to be attractive. It is expected to have a price point just below the Tata Tiago. For reference, Tata Tiago costs around Rs 4.6 lakhs (ex-showroom). It was first suspected that it will launch in Diwali, but due to various circumstances, we are expecting it to arrive in the first quarter of 2021. It will be competing against Maruti S-presso and Renault Kwid.