Tata will soon launch the all-new Harrier in the Indian market. The launch will happen on 23rd January but Tata will not stop there. Tata is also working on an all-new Tata 45X, which is likely to be called the Aquila. The 45X has been caught testing on the Indian roads quite a few times and the vehicle is expected to be launched later in 2019.
For the first time, the instrument console of the upcoming vehicle has been leaked and it looks quite inspired by the Tata Harrier’s speedometer console.
The new spy picture shows that the Tata 45X gets a coloured digital display alongside an analogue speedometer just like the Tata Harrier. The digital screen looks like a 7-inch screen, just like seen in the Harrier. However, it is slightly different and gets angular edges instead of the rounded off edges of the console available with the Tata Harrier.
The console gets a blue background and similar features like the Harrier. Starting with the navigation turns to the infotainment system notifications, the huge coloured display will show it all. However, it cannot be customised like the high-end vehicles. It is quite possible that Tata is working on it and with some software updates, we would be able to see a customisable coloured LCD that would be able to change the location of the tachometer among other things.
The 45X is expected to be heavily inspired by the 45X concept version that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will be the first-ever premium hatchback from the brand and will take on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Tata is expected to keep the production version close to the concept version just like the Nexon and the Harrier. Tata has not revealed any other details about the 45X but it will become the first vehicle to be launched the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) in the market.
On the inside, Tata will use the similar floating-type infotainment screen that has been seen in the Harrier and the Nexon. It will get the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Tata will continue to offer top-notch speaker system from either Harman or JBL just like the Tiago, Nexon, Hexa and the Harrier. Other than that, we can expect a 6-airbag system among other safety features in the upcoming premium SUV.
The upcoming 45X would be powered by a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine that are also available with the Tata Nexon. Tata is also expected to offer an automatic transmission with the petrol engine of the 45X. Both the engines would get the drive modes that change the power output of the vehicle. Just like all other Tata vehicles, even the 45X is expected to get a very competitive price tag.
We expect the Tata 45X to undercut other premium hatchbacks in its segment – the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. The 45X could do a Tiago in the premium hatchback segment for Tata Motors.