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Tata Motors at Auto Expo 2018 had one of the best lineups of vehicles including concepts and production vehicles. The most significant unveil was the Tata H5X SUV and the 45X premium hatchback which stole the show at the 14th biennial automobile event. The Tata H5X, previously codenamed as the Tata Q501, was spied recently in its prototype guise. The Tata H5X interior images reveal a host of details such as the gearbox, seating layout, features and more.
Autocar India has revealed the spy pictures of the Tata H5X interiors, and one of the images show a partially camouflaged centre console. The spy images of the H5X interiors appears to reveal a floating touchscreen infotainment system with the AC vents and air con controls under it. The cabin is wide with large front seats with extended seat bolsters.
The new Tata SUV gets a new steering wheel, a 6-speed manual gearbox and memory function for the front seats. The SUV features a 5-seat with wide rear seats that seem to seat three abreast comfortably and the rear passenger legroom looks quite spacious as well. Other features include front and rear armrest. That said, the Tata H5X misses out on rear AC vents or sunroof, which is quite popular in the Indian market.
The Tata H5X prototype spy pictures also reveal the exterior of the SUV, which is camouflaged extensively. Compared to the concept, the near-production version of the H5X, the SUV sports 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the 22-inches. While the test mule sports dummy headlamp and taillights, the concept's sharp looking LED headlights, Tata's characteristic ‘humanity line' grille and the fog lamp housing is expected to be retained in the production version.
The Tata H5X is based on the carmaker's new Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and is based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport platform. Mechanically, the new Tata H5X is expected to draw power from a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine which is tuned to offer different power output for the 5-seater and the 7-seater versions.
Several reports suggest that Tata will offer a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic gearbox which will send power to all four wheels through the company's 4x4 system. Also, like other modern Tata cars, the H5X is likely to feature drive modes as well.
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Tata Motors has said that nearly 80-85 percent of the H5X concept will make it to the production version. The H5X seems to be a promising product for Tata and is expected to be aggressively priced in the range of Rs 13 lakh to Rs 18 lakh depending upon the variants.
Upon launch, the Tata H5X will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta's higher variants, while the 7-seater version of the H5X will compete with the Jeep Compass. Tata is expected to launch the H5X by early 2019.