This has been well out in the public since some time now that Tata is working on a Hyundai Creta rivaling SUV, codenamed Blackbird. It will sit below the Tata Harrier but above the Nexon in the automaker’s model lineup. It was being strongly speculated until recently that the car will use either the ALFA platform or the OMEGA platform and will be designed on the lines of the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. However, that has been marked as a speculation only by a recent report that suggests that Tata will team up with Chery to source a platform that could be used on the Blackbird (Tiggo 5X’s platform to be precise).
Another important thing to look forward to is how the car will look like since the recent Tata cars have been quite spectacularly designed. For the same, here is a render by Indian Autos Blog that shows how the upcoming Hyundai Creta challenger could turn out to be in terms of aesthetics.
The front fascia is reminiscent of the design that made its debut with the H5X concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo and then was carried forward in production form by the Tata Hector. Those sleek LED DRLs look quite cool and the extended chrome strip running all the way from one DRL to the other and underlining the grille in between is something that we wish to see on the production model as well. The headlamps are regular projector units with foglamps towards the inside corner, though the placement is far from conventional.
The bumper up front looks butch and gives the SUV an imposing stance, thanks to its squared-off design and the addition of a silver skid plate. On the sides, those stylish multi-spoke rims catch all the attention and are shod on with low profile rubbers, something we should not expect to make an appearance on the production car. The overall profile of the compact SUV looks quite proportional in this render with silver roof rails on top adding to the whole appeal.
As of now, there is no information out regarding the engine and gearbox specifications of the Blackbird. However, Tata could use the Nexon’s 1.5-litre diesel engine, though it will be tuned for more power here. Moreover, Tata is reportedly developing a new 1.6-litre petrol engine for its present and future vehicle. If that turns out to be true, this new engine could also be found under the hood of the Blackbird. Transmission duties could be done by the new DCT unit which will be introduced on the Altroz apart from a regular manual gearbox. Expect this Creta challenging SUV to be launched in India by 2021.