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Tata Motors is gearing up to launch an all-new SUV codenamed 'HBX' in the Indian market. A near production-ready test mule of the Tata HBX has been spotted testing ahead of its expected launch in India by December 2020.
A video by Area Of Interest reveals a camouflaged test mule of the Tata HBX. The test mule also has strap-on headlights and does not reveal much in terms of the upcoming SUV's design. However, we could see the brand's signature front grille and a funky alloy wheel design.
Tata Motors showcased the HBX mini-SUV first at the 2018 Auto Expo in the form of the H2X concept. However, the company had showcased an off-road and rugged version called the HBX at the 2020 Auto Expo in February.
The mini-SUV from Tata Motors features the brand's ALFA architecture and is based on the Impact 2.0 design, similar to the Altroz premium hatchback. It features a tall-riding design, with the front fascia inspired by the Harrier. This includes a dual LED headlamp setup with the DRLs placed on top, and the main headlamps cluster positioned lower down.
The HBX is also expected to feature rugged and modern looks with large wheel arches, bold crease lines and a floating-roof design. It is also expected to feature large chunky wheels, with diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels.
The Tata HBX is expected to feature two powertrain options, similar to ones powering the brand's Altroz premium hatchback. The two powertrains available on the Altroz hatchback are: a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 85bhp and 113Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre diesel unit churning out 89bhp and 200Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. However, Tata could offer an AMT transmission option on the HBX at a later date.
Stepping into the interiors, the Tata HBX is expected to share a majority of its components with the Altroz hatchback. This includes the large touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, and the semi-digital instrument cluster; among others.
The Tata HBX when launched will rival the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, the Renault Kwid, and the upcoming 2020 Datsun redi-GO. We expect Tata to price the HBX competitively at the time of launch to have an advantage over its rivals.
Thoughts About The Tata HBX Production Spec Spied Testing
Tata Motors is looking at catering to every SUV-segment buyer. With the HBX the company will target entry-level mini and micro-SUV buyers who are looking for a bit more space on the inside as compared to a conventional hatchback. With more rivals cropping up in the segment, Tata Motors is looking to make a statement with a feature-rich HBX mini-SUV.