Tata is working on a new micro-SUV for the Indian market. It was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 as the HBX Concept. Tata also said that the production version will be 95 percent close to the Concept which is a big thing. Till now from the spy shots this information also does look really close. This time the interior of the concept has been caught on the spy shots. The new spy shots provide us with a glimpse of how the production-spec HBX will look like.
The first picture has been taken from the front co-passenger window. We can see that the HBX on the test was a manual one. It looks like that it is a mid variant as it comes with manual air conditioning, pillar-mounted tweeters, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a small infotainment screen. The variant did get all four power windows and a multi-function steering wheel.
The higher variants of the HBX will come with a floating touchscreen infotainment system which will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will be connected to the speaker and tweeter system sourced from JBL. The AC vents are squared and prominent to provide a rugged look. On the higher variants, they are expected to be finished in the body colour. Coming to the back seat, the space should be enough for two people to sit on the rear bench.
We are also expecting it to get a part digital screen for the instrument cluster just like we do on the Altroz. The screen will show various information to the driver and will also house the multi-information display. Then there will be other features like keyless entry, push-button to start/stop, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear lever, USB ports for charging, 12V accessory socket and much more.
Design-wise the production-spec of the HBX looks quite attractive. It has the same design elements that we have seen on the Harrier. So, it gets a split headlamp design which has been confirmed by the earlier spy shots. The upper strip will work as a turn indicator while the higher variants should also get a LED Daytime Running Lamp. The lower portion will be placed in the bumper where there will be a halogen headlamp. The upper turn indicators will be adjoined with a black plastic panel with Tata Motor’s logo.
The bonnet will be flat giving a muscular look to the vehicle. At the side profile, it will come with plastic cladding all around and sharp looking dual-tone alloy wheels. The rear door handles are placed on the C-pillar just like we have seen on the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Tata Altroz. This gives the vehicle a three-door look. At the rear, there will be a circular tail lamp.
Powering the Tata HBX will be the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine which is naturally aspirated. We have also seen this engine on the Altroz, Tiago and the Tigor. The engine produces 86 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT.
Tata HBX will be going against the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Mahindra KUV100 NXT and the upcoming Hyundai AX1 micro-SUV. The HBX is expected to get launched sometime this year.