Tata Motors showcased the H5X SUV concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The automaker will launch the H5X sometime in early 2019. A lot of showgoers at the Auto Expo were wowed by the concept, and many even said that the H5X was the best looking vehicle that Tata has ever shown at the Auto Expo. The company got many people to talk in front of the camera about the H5X, and what they felt about it. Here is a video of that.
The H5X will be the first Tata SUV to use a Land Rover platform, which it shared with the Land Rover Freelander. Tata has engineered the platform to suit Indian conditions and cost structures. What this means is, the H5X will be affordable enough for Indian buyers and will also dump many of the expensive bits that come standard on Land Rover SUVs.
The vehicle will also borrow bits from the Jeep Compass. Key components include the 2 liter Multijet turbocharged diesel engine, but with lower power and torque outputs of 140 Bhp-320 Nm. The SUV will get 6 speed manual and 9 speed automatic gearbox options.
Tata Motors will also offer an all wheel drive system on the H5X but the base versions will be front wheel driven. The SUV is expected to be priced somewhere in the mid-Creta range, which means about Rs. 12 lakhs. It will take on Mahindra XUV500 but will be a five seater.
A 7 seat version of the H5X is also under development and will be launched in India in 2020 or beyond. The larger version of the H5X will use the same 2 liter Multijet diesel engine but in a more powerful state of tune. It’ll be costlier than the H5X but is expected to be cheaper than Rs. 20 lakhs, making it a much lower priced rival to the Toyota Fortuner.