Tata Motors has finally taken the wraps off Q501 SUV Concept at the Auto Expo 2018. Being christened as the H5X, the radical concept previews a new SUV that is set to join Tata Motors’ line-up this year. Notably, the production version of the SUV will be the first Tata product to carry the new Impact Design 2.0 design language.
The SUV gets HEXA inspired shape and D-Pillar, though the sharp lines on the body inject aggression and make it look beefier than the Hexa. In front, it gets sleek LED headlamps that seamlessly meets with the front grille. Elements such as skid plates on the lower bumper, air-dams and the bold creases on the bonnet further accentuate the muscular looks.
The high point of the Tata H5X SUV is the panoramic sunroof. At the flanks, it features pronounced wheel arches and machine cut alloy wheels. Upon its launch, the SUV will lock horns with credible models in the segment including Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. When it comes to aesthetics, the model looks more premium than its arch rivals, which gives it a cusp over its competitors. Based on Tata’s British subsidiary, Land Rover’s Discovery platform (internally called LS550), the SUV is expected to offer great driving dynamics and good off-road capabilities. Sitting on a long 2,700mm wheelbase, the SUV is expected to offer a spacious cabin with a seven layout.
As for the engine specifications, the model is expected to use the Fiat sourced Multijet turbo diesel engine, which is manufactured in India and currently powers the Jeep Compass. It is expected that Tata will detune the engine for the H5 SUV and will use a 9-speed ZF sourced automatic gearbox for the same. Additionally, Tata could also use a 4WD option for the upcoming SUV. On the feature front, the Tata H5 will be armed to the teeth in line with other models in the segment.