Homegrown car manufacturer Tata Motors has been introducing facelifts and new models in the market since the beginning of this year. At the auto expo earlier this year, they had showcased all their existing and upcoming models and concepts at their stall. One such concept was the HBX concept which is expected to be launched in the market later next year. Tata Motors is testing the upcoming Hornbill HBX micro SUV and several spy pics of the micro SUV have already surfaced online. Here we have a video that shows an angry test driver of HBX making rude gestures on camera.
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The video was shared by rohit_paradkar on his Instagram profile. Video shows a fully camouflaged Tata HBX or Hornbill micro SUV at a fuel station. The person who had recorded the video was also entering the fuel station when he spotted the HBX. As soon as the test driver’s noticed that he was recording a video, the test driver starts waving hands and signals him to stop recording. Original audio from the spot cannot be heard in the small video.
As the test driver’s notice that, the person has not stopped recording the video he lowers the window and shows a rude hand gesture on camera. This is not the first time something like this has happened. Similar incidents where test driver’s for two-wheeler and four-wheelers have behaved rudely have been reported in the past.
Coming back to the video, along with the rude gesture from test driver, Tata HBX was also captured. The Hornbill as mentioned above, is fully camouflaged. Tata had already confirmed that the production version of the Hornbill is 95 percent similar to the concept showcased at the expo. Hornbill will be getting Harrier like styling at the front with headlamps placed on the bumper and LED DRLs above it. There is a fog lamp on the lower part of the bumper.
It looks like, there will be a thick gloss black grille like Nexon on the upcoming HBX. The video also shows the sporty looking dual tone machine cut alloy wheels of the micro SUV. The video does not show the rear of the car but, the spy pics of the same have already surfaced online. A small hump on the roof of the car can be seen in the video, that is meant for hiding the details like roof rails and other detailing lines.
The upcoming micro SUV is expected to have thick black cladding around the wheel arches and side to give it that rugged SUV look. In terms of features, Tata has not revealed anything so far but, it is expected to get features like touchscreen infotainment screen, multi function steering wheel, wide opening doors, semi-digital instrument cluster and so on. Tata Hornbill uses the ALFA platform and is the second vehicle from Tata stable (after Altroz) to built on it.
Tata Horbill will compete with the likes of Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Maruti Ignis and even the upcoming Hyundai micro SUV. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that is seen in Tiago, Altroz and Tigor. It will be available with a manual and AMT gearbox option. It is not known whether Hornbill will get a diesel engine option or not.