Tata Motors is putting together a 7-seat luxury SUV that will challenge the Toyota Fortuner, but will be a much cheaper alternative. Well, the H7X has commenced testing on Indian roads and the vehicle was spotted under heavy camouflage at Ooty, Tamilnadu. Ooty is a place where many automakers test their vehicles for gradability as the ghat sections that lead up to the hill station are quite steep and demanding.
From the spyshots, it’s clear that the H7X features a profile that is different from that on the H5X. The additional row of seats has resulted in the vehicle getting longer than the H5X. Like the H5X, the H7X will be built on the Land Rover LS550 platform. This platform will be suitably modified to reduce costs and make the vehicle affordable for the Indian market. The H7X will also use Tata Motors’ Impact 2.0 design philosophy.
Talking of mechanicals, the 2-liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine is likely to power the H7X, in a higher state of tune that what the H5X will get. What this means is the Jeep Compass’ 170 Bhp-350 Nm state of tune could be offered on the new 7-seat SUV. 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered. Both front and all wheel drive layouts are also expected due to the SUV’s Land Rover connection.
The Tata H7X is likely to be launched in India sometime in 2020. Tata Motors will launch the H5X first, in early 2019 as a Hyundai Creta-Jeep Compass competitor. What this also means is, there is enough space for the automaker to slip in the H7X at a sub-20 lakh rupee price tag. This will give the SUV a good chance to square up against much more expensive competition – the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.