Tata Motors has started testing a new 7-seat flagship SUV. Called the H7X, the SUV will be launched in India by the end of 2019 or early 2020. It will be Tata Motors’ most expensive offering in the Indian market with prices likely to range between Rs. 15-20 lakhs. It’ll be sold as an affordable alternative to the Toyota Fortuner. Here is the first spy video of the H7X in action on Indian roads. The video shows the dimensions of the vehicle and the extra length that will be used to accommodate an extra row of seats.
The H7X will share its engine and transmission with the H5X, but will be more powerful as it needs to carry extra weight. The SUV will be powered by a 2.0-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine that will produce about 170 Bhp and 350 Nm. This engine will get two gearbox options – a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed torque converter automatic from German transmission specialist ZF.
Like the H5X, the H7X will use the Land Rover LS550 platform but with extensive localization to cut costs. The SUV is expected to be the class leader, in terms of riding and handling dynamics, thanks to the high-end platform originally engineered for expensive, luxury SUVs. The SUV will feature a monocoque platform, and is expected to offer a front wheel drive layout as standard. Tata Motors is also likely to offer an all-wheel drive option on the top-end models.
The H7X could have an interior design and styling similar to that of the H5X but with a greater length. The SUV will use Tata Motors Impact 2.0 design philosophy, making it look very sharp and attractive. Expect top quality materials used in the interiors, which are likely to have a clean, minimalist look to avoid clutter. As is the case with all Tata cars, the H7X is expected to be feature-rich, offering buyers a long list of comfort and safety features.