The Tata H5X SUV, which made its debut in the concept avatar at the 2018 Auto Expo, was recently spied testing on the Pune-Goa expressway. As can be seen in a couple of images we have here, the H5X test mule wears a lot of camouflage. However, there are good chances that the production-spec model would look a lot like the absolutely smashing concept that the made its debut at the motor show. The H5X will launch in mid-2019 and its claim-to-fame will be the all-new platform that is based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s underpinnings.
The production-spec Tata H5X SUV will be the first-ever Tata Motors product that will use technology seen on a JLR model. Actually, the new car will be underpinned by the new ‘Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA)’ platform, which, in turn, is based on the LR4 chassis of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The H5X SUV, in all probability, will offer a really high-quality cabin that will come with many comfort- and convenience-enhancing features. Powering the production-spec H5X will be a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II Diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 140-170 hp, depending on the state of tune. Another highlight of the SUV will be its ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission will be offered as standard. Four-wheel drive will be optional. A six-speed manual transmission and a four-wheel drive system will be also available.
Prices of the new SUV are likely to start around the Rs 16 lakh mark. Of course, at this price point, the H5X will become the flagship model from the Indian passenger car maker. It’s noteworthy here that Tata is known to price its cars very aggressively. Moreover, the local manufacturing along with the various modifications the company has made to the LR4 platform should help the company price the H5X SUV very competitively. The upcoming model will go on to rival a handful of SUVs including the mid-level and top-end models of the XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, and Honda CR-V.