Tata Hornbill HBX micro SUV: What the production version could look like

Tata showcased the HBX concept at the 2020 Auto Expo. It is more of a production-ready version of the Tata H2X showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. As per Pratap Bose, VP, Global Design, Tata Motors, the HBX Concept showcased at the Auto Expo is 97% similar to the production version of the car. Well, the HBX will be launched in the Indian market by the end of this year. We have imagined the production version of the HBX and what it may look like. Here is a rendering image of the same that has been digitally prepared by our in-house designer Vipin Vithoopan.

Hbx Hornbill Production Render 1

Since the HBX is 97% similar to the production version, there is nothing much left for the imagination. The production version of the Tata HBX will see a different set of the wheels but we are not sure about the design of the alloy wheels. We do hope that Tata offers a set of classy alloy wheels with the HBX like we get the Altroz.

The front-end of the HBX has also been toned down in our rendering image. The toothy skid plate in the front has been replaced a sober-looking one. The bumper gets fog lamps while the main headlamp cluster is positioned between the sleek LED DRLs and the fog lamps, just like the Tata Harrier. Overall, the production version of the HBX is likely to look much like the scaled-down Tata Harrier.

Hbx Hornbill Production Render 2

The floating roof effect has been added with the blacked-out pillars and contrasting roof. Tata is expected to offer dual-tone colour options on the HBX just like their new-range vehicles. Also, the rear door handle will be integrated into the window frame just like the Tata Altroz. It adds a cleaner look to the vehicle.

Other exterior changes include removal of the hood scoops, which Tata says that it will be available as an accessory and the roof-mounted carrier. Also, the bold looking side-mouldings have been removed for simple-looking ones.

Hbx Hornbill Production Render Interior

We also have the interior rendering image of the car. While the tough-looking dashboard shown the HBX concept looks great, we believe that the production version will be heavily inspired by the Tata Altroz and Tata Tiago cabin. While there will be bits from the Tata Altroz on the dashboard, it will also get highlighted parts that will add a funky look to the car and will attract the youngsters.

Tata has not commented on the engines that will be available with the car till now. However, it is highly likely that it will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that is available with the Tiago and the Tigor. There will not be any diesel engine options available with the car since the 1.05-litre engine has been discontinued from the Tiago and Tigor too.

The all-new HBX will take on the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. Tata has always offered extremely value-for-money price tag on their vehicles and the HBX is expected to offer a similar price.

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