The SUV segment is one of the most hotly contested SUV segments in India. The segment is so hotly contested that a lot of sub-segments like sub-compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs, C-segment SUVs and full-size SUVs. Tata is looking to add to another segment here which will be the micro-SUV segment with its Tata HBX. This micro-SUV segment will cater to people who are looking for a SUV-like feel but want a smaller and more affordable car.
Tata HBX – What we know so far?
Tata HBX has been spotted a lot of times before but recently it was seen in a production spec version which shows the launch is nearby. The car is based on Tata’s ALFA platform, the same platform on which Altroz is based upon. The dimensions would be sub four meters at 3500mm in length. It will be not as long as Tata Nexon but will carry the tall boy design because of its height and width. The top spec variant will come with 16-inch tyres and 15-inch tyres for the rest of the line-up.
The Tata HBX will be powered by the same 1.2-litre Revotron engine that also powers other Tata cars in India. Because of the stringent BS6 Norms we might not see a diesel engine in the Tata HBX. Transmission options for this upcoming Tata SUV in India will probably include a five-speed manual gearbox as standard and an optional AMT unit. We could also see a performance-oriented version with a 1.2-litre turbo engine in the future.
Tata HBX will carry forward the Impact 2.0 design language. It will get headlights and DRL clusters like the Harrier and Safari giving it a SUV family look. The HBX will also get glossy black grille, faux skid plate on the bumper and diamond cut alloy wheels. The rear of the car will have wrap-around tail lights with Tri-arrow LED brake light similar to the ones seen on the Nexon.
The overall layout of Tata HBX interiors will be very similar to the Tata Tiago. But the HBX will get some extra features like adjustable headrests, rectangular AC vents, floating touchscreen unit, semi-digital instrument cluster and steering mounted controls. On the safety side of things, the car will get 2 airbags, ABS and EBD standard. Tata may also to try get a good safety rating with the GNCAP.
We can also expect the car to get a basic version IRA connected car technology.
Tata HBX price and excepted launch
As with every car the launch of HBX was delayed because of the pandemic. We may see the launch next month as we have already seen the production spec car in testing. The price of this car at launch may be between Rs 5 to Rs 8 lakhs (ex-showroom). It will compete with new Maruti Celerio, Ignis and the upcoming Micro-SUV Hyundai AX1.
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