Tata displayed a wide variety of cars at the Auto Expo 2020. Tata HBX was amongst the future-ready vehicles that Tata displayed at this Auto Expo 2020. Other cars displayed by Tata included the Altroz EV, Nexon EV, the Harrier AT and of course the Sierra concept which grabbed almost all eyes at the Auto Expo!
Tata HBX- The Platform
Tata HBX is based on Tata’s ALFA platform. After the Altroz premium hatch, this is the second car to be based on the same platform. ALFA stands for Agile, Light, Flexible, Advance. Tata has developed this architecture keeping the EV feasibility in mind. Any kind of vehicle from hatchback, sedan or SUV can be based on this platform.
Tata HBX- What We Expect?
We can expect the Tata HBX production model to be almost identical to the concept showcased at the expo. The HBX measures 3,840mm long, 1,822mm wide and 1,635mm tall, and has a 2,450mm-long wheelbase. For a rough idea, you can say that this car is similar to Maruti Swift in terms of size but has an SUV stance. This car inherits some design elements from the Harrier as the headlamps are integrated into the bumper whereas the DRLs are there with the grill.
Tata HBX – Engine
Tata can most probably power this car by an 86hp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that currently powers the Tiago, Tigor and the Altroz as well. The transmission will be a 5-speed manual along with an AMT version. The electric counterpart will be planned once the IC version is there in the market.
Tata is planning to launch the HBX in the second half of 2020. This car will be put up against Maruti Suzuki Ignis according to the sources. The expected price range is around Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Nissan and Renault are also developing similar cars. Tough competition ahead!