Tata Motors has quickly gained popularity in the market, especially after the launch of the Tiago, Hexa and Nexon. Tata has big plans for the Indian market in the future and has showcased upcoming vehicles like the H5X SUV and the 45X premium sedan. While the H5X (now known as the Harrier) is expected to be launched in early 2019, the premium hatchback 45X will arrive in India, by 2020. The production version of the 45X will take on vehicles, such as the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Tata is yet to offer a mid-size sedan after the Indigo Manza, and the platform of 45X will serve as a good base for the sedan. Here is a rendered image that shows what the sedan version of the 45X will look like.
The mid-size sedan market has become quite competitive lately. Toyota recently launched the Yaris that takes on well-established vehicles like the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. To get noticed in the segment, Tata will make use of the radical body design and value-for-money price tag of the car. The mid-size sedan has not been officially confirmed by Tata yet and speculations are based on various reports. Honda City has remained the leader of the segment for a long time now while the Maruti Ciaz offers the best mileage in the segment. The Hyundai Verna is the most powerful in the segment. Tata Motors is also expected to offer something unique to take on its rivals in the segment.
The render of the Tata Motors 45X sedan looks a bit more like a mid-size sedan than a small sedan built on a premium hatchback. But the overall looks are likely to be similar, with perhaps a little less width, and more practical tyres instead of the low-profile tyres in the render.
However, with Tata’s aggressive strategy in the market, the mid-size sedan can be expected soon after the launch of the 45X hatchback in the market. The sedan form on the 45X will get similar styling but Tata may tweak it to look better proportioned than the hatchback-based sedans. Tata’s latest diesel and petrol engines that also power the Tata Nexon can be expected in the new sedan too. We can also safely expect an automatic transmission as the market is slowly tilting towards automatics due to the ease of driving. The price of the upcoming sedan is expected to start at around Rs. 7.5 lakhs, which will be competitive for vehicles, such as the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.
Tata is also expected to launch a micro-SUV that will be positioned below the Tata Nexon, in the future. After the launch of the Tata Harrier, a bigger, more spacious model will be launched that has been given the codename H7X. By the end of this year, Tata is expected to launch the performance version of the Tiago and the Tigor in India.