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The Tata HBX has been spotted testing ahead of launch in the Indian market. The company has recently resumed the testing phase of the upcoming micro-SUV. The HBX is expected to be launched sometime during the end of this year or early next year in the country.
The spy images from the Gaadiwaadi reveals a production-ready model of the upcoming Tata HBX micro-SUV. The test-mule seen on the images is completely camouflaged and does not reveal many details about the HBX.
However, some of the details have been revealed about the new model from Tata. Because the company has already showcased the concept form of the HBX once at the 2018 Auto Expo and another one at the 2020 Auto Expo. Although the one showcased at the latter was an off-road and rugged version of the HBX, that featured chunky body cladding and tyres.
According to the latest reports, the upcoming micro-SUV from Tata is likely to be called as the ‘Hornbill'. This is in-line with the company's latest trend of naming its models on birds. The HBX will be built on the brand's ALFA architecture and features the Impact 2.0 design.
The HBX will feature a tall-riding silhouette and design, with a sleek looking grille and split-headlamps inspired by the Harrier SUV. It will also feature a split-headlamp design with DRLs placed on top and the main unit placed on bumpers. The upcoming Micro-SUV will also feature large wheel arches, bold crease lines, a floating-roof design and large chunky alloy wheels to stand apart from its segment rivals.
On the inside, the Hornbill is expected to borrow most of its components from the Altroz hatchback. This includes the large touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-tone upholstery, dashboard design, ambient lighting, and the semi-digital instrument cluster. The SUVish stance will also make for more cabin space.
Moving to the engine under the bonnet, the HBX is expected to feature the same petrol engine that currently powers the Altroz premium-hatchback. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 85bhp and 113Nm of torque, and comes mated to a manual transmission. The company is expected to offer the petrol engine with an optional AMT at a later date.
The HBX is expected to be placed below the Tata Altroz hatchback and could become the brand's new entry-level model. Once launched, the Tata HBX will rival the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, the Renault Kwid, and the 2020 Datsun Redi-GO in the Indian market.
Thoughts About The Tata HBX Production Model Spied Testing
Tata Motors has resumed the testing phase of the HBX micro-SUV. The demand for tall-riding hatchbacks has seen a drastic increase in the Indian market because of its increased practicality as compared to conventional hatchbacks. The Tata HBX will be late to enter the segment much like the Altroz. However, Tata is expected to bring something unique to the table with the HBX to make its stand apart from its segment rivals.