Tata showcased a mini-SUV concept at the Auto Expo 2020. Although the electrified legend, Tata Sierra overshadowed the Tata HBX, it was a close to production concept. The company hinted earlier that the HBX might come into production by the mid of this year. But the COVID19 (coronavirus) epidemic has led to the shutdown of plants resulting in a change in the launch calendar of many companies. Let’s have a look at what the mini-SUV will be bringing to the table.
- You can expect that the HBX will get the 1.2-litre petrol which is currently found on Tata Tiago, Tigor and Altroz. It might also announce the entry of Tata’s direct-injection 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. This engine will be more powerful than the naturally aspirated one.
- The engines will be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or an AMT one.
- Tata HBX will be built on the ALFA platform, the same that Altroz is built upon. The concept showcased at the Expo was 90% production-ready.
- Bold front and muscular wheel arches will surely attract customers towards the Tata HBX.
- At the interior, Tata HBX will get part-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control and a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system.
- The mini-SUV is expected to be priced between ₹4.5lakhs to ₹7.5lakhs. This will put it directly in competition with the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100.
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