- Tata Motors unveiled its smallest SUV, the HBX in its close-to-production concept form.
- The concept is an extension of the H2X revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
- The HBX is the second Tata model under the ALFA platform after the Altroz.
Tata Motors has showcased the HBX concept in the close-to-production form at the Auto Expo. The concept reveals the smallest SUV from the Tata stable. On production, the HBX could position itself just below the Tata Nexon. Reports say that this micro SUV will be offered in the petrol version alone.
After the Tata Altroz, the HBX will be the second Tata offering under the company’s ALFA platform. Though similar in design to the H2X concept previewed earlier at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, the styling of the vehicle has been toned down a bit.
The design is based more on the recent Tata launches with exciting front fascia features like a split headlamp design and the brand’s Humanity Line design element located low down on the bumper. The squared-out wheel arches complement the bold and aggressive look of the micro SUV concept.
At the rear end, a prominent crease divides the tailgate. The compact tail-lamps and a raked rear windscreen add to the excellent rear design. The blacked-out alloy wheels and the knobby tyres prove to be the standout features of this car. The concept design includes a roof-mounted carrier large enough to include a spare tyre and other accessories.
On the dimensions front, the HBX measures up approximately to the size of a Maruti Swift. However, the vehicle is taller to impart an SUV-like appearance. The dimensions of 3840mm X 1822mm X 1635mm along with a 2450mm wheelbase make it a compact SUV.
Reports indicate that Tata will be introducing the HBX as a petrol variant alone similar to the Tiago and Tigor. One expects a 1.2L 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine capable of delivering 86hp of power. The engine could mate with a 5-speed manual transmission system. Tata has plans to introduce an electric variant in the next couple of years.
On the pricing aspect, the vehicle could rank below the Tata Nexon, thereby competing with worthy rivals like the Mahindra KUV100 NXT. The model on display at the Auto Expo is a close-to-production concept. Therefore, one can expect a couple of cosmetic changes before its launch.