Tata Motors’ next big thing is the H5X SUV, which was first shown at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo as a concept. The production version of the Hyundai Creta-Jeep Compass rival will be unveiled in November 2018, ahead of the official launch in early 2019. The early unveil is likely to give Tata Motors enough time to promote the new SUV, and showcase it to audiences across the country. Of late, many brands are taking this approach in order to popularize new cars even before the official launch. We have seen Ford do it with multiple cars such as the EcoSport and the Freestyle. Tata too is expected to take a similar approach.
The H5X will be a five seat SUV, based on the Land Rover LS550 platform. However, this platform will be adequately localized in order to make the vehicle affordable enough for the mass market. The H5X will borrow its diesel engine from the Jeep Compass, but in a lower state of tune: 140 Bhp-320 Nm. This engine is expected to be offered with 6 speed manual and 9 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes. A four wheel drive system is also likely to be offered with the H5X. A longer, 7 seat variant of the H5X, code-named the H7X is also being tested on roads in India. The H7X SUV is likely to follow the H5X in a year.
The H5X looked very sharp as a concept, and most of the design lines are likely to be carried over to the production model. High quality interiors, with a minimalist design is expected. Expect the H5X to pack in many segment leading features. While Tata Motors has remained tight-lipped about the H5X’s pricing and positioning, the SUV is likely to sit in the space between the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. A starting price of about Rs. 10-12 lakhs is likely, pitting the H5X against higher variants of the Creta but making it much cheaper than the Compass. The Mahindra XUV500 is another SUV that could feel the heat of the H5X’s launch.