By now it has become fairly well-known that Tata Motors is working on a new flagship SUV. The upcoming Tata SUV made its debut as the H5X concept at the Auto Expo 2018. The company has already commenced road trials of the upcoming SUV and a test mule was spotted in Pune recently. However, the highlight here is that the test mule of the H5X was seen standing next to a Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.
As is evident from the images, the Tata H5X looks much bigger than the Maruti crossover. The Tata H5X-based SUV will launch in the current financial year and will be pricier than the Hexa. The new SUV will be based on a modified version of the same platform that underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The ‘Indian-ised’ platform has been maned as the ‘Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA)’ platform.
The Tata H5X will become the first-ever Tata product to sport the company’s Impact 2.0 design language. There are good chances of the production version looking a lot like the concept we saw at the Expo. The concept model measures 4,575 mm in length, 1,960 mm in width and 1,686 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,740 mm. The H5X-based SUV will offer a long list of features and a modern interior design. Prices are likely to start at Rs 15 lakh.
While the Tata H5X gets a Discovery Sport-based platform, it will get the same 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine that outputs 140 bhp to 170 bhp in various tunes. The H5X will offer a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission and a four-wheel drive system will be also available. The upcoming Tata SUV will go on to rival some well-sorted models like the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson. Moreover, Tata Motors is known to price its cars very competitively. Things are likely to remain the same in the case of the H5X-based SUV. Hence, safely expect it to enjoy a price advantage over its rivals.