Tata Motors has just revealed the HBX concept (Hornbill) micro SUV at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo. The Tata HBX concept’s production version is aimed at the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, which will get a facelift on the 7th of February. A butch design, high ground clearance and a very affordable price tag will be three key highlights of the Tata HBX concept, which will be put into production in the second half of 2020.
The Tata HBX concept shares its platform with the Altroz, which means that the production version of this micro SUV will use the ALFA-ARC platform. The HBX concept’s production version will be Tata Motors’ least priced SUV (if it can be called that), and is meant for those who want an attractive looking, high ground clearance car at a very affordable price tag.
The Tata HBX concept shown at the Auto Expo features butch lines, and is shod with off-road tyres that further add to the butch appeal of this car. The front end styling makes the HBX look like a scaled down Harrier, and this will be one of the major appeal for buyers. Faux cladding at the front and rear, cladding on the sides, a roof rack and a rising windowline are the other design highlights of the car. At the rear though, the HBX concept seems to derive inspiration from the Tata Nexon, which recently got a facelift. All in all, the HBX seems to be the right mix of curves and butch lines. If Tata Motors retains much of these styling elements on the production version, a funky little micro SUV is what India will get.
Tata Motors is unlikely to add a diesel engine into the equation, and the sub-4 meter micro SUV could be a petrol-only offering, borrowing the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder Revotron petrol engine from the Altroz. This motor makes 84 Bhp-115 Nm, and is offered with two gearbox options: a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed AMT. The same combination is likely to be offered on the production version of the HBX.
An all-electric variant could also be a part of the product mix in future given the fact that Tata Motors is betting really big on electric mobility. A price tag of under Rs. 5 lakh is expected for the production version of the Tata HBX micro SUV, which is also likely to get a new name. Will Tata choose the Hornbill? We’ll know this in a few months, in the run up to launch.