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Tata Hornbill HBX micro SUV’s production version SPIED

Tata Motors first showcased the HBX Concept at the Auto Expo 2020 and it was very well received. While there have been some spottings of the test mules of the micro-SUV on our Indian roads, this time we get a proper closer look at the front fascia of the production-spec HBX. The new spy shots were clicked in Trivandrum, Kerala and show various angles of the new vehicle.

In the first pic, we can see that the vehicle is camouflaged but the front reveals some interesting details. Tata confirmed that the production-spec HBX will be 95 percent similar to the concept and from the images that seem to be true. There are rumours that the production version of the HBX might be called Hornbill as Tata Motors filed for this name some time back. The Hornbill will be based on Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language which has been well received by the consumers. It should be safe to assume that the variant has been spied in the top-end trim.

Tata Motors is using a split headlamp setup. We can see an LED Daytime Running Lamp that integrates into the piano black strip that connects both the DRLs. The headlamps are placed below and are expected to be halogen units. There are two rectangular air dams with a Y grille pattern. There are also fog lamps placed below in the lower half of the bumper. The bonnet is flat and the front of the HBX is also upright, which is done to mimic a SUV look.

Then we come to the side profile of the HBX. Tata is using diamond-cut alloy wheels which have a very trendy and attractive design. They do suit well to the HBX. There are conventional door handles that should be finished in body-coloured paint while the side turn indicators should be LED units placed on the outside rearview mirrors. There will also be plastic cladding over the side profile as seen in the spy shots. Also, it looks like the rear door handles will be placed on the C-pillar, giving the HBX a two-door look. We have seen this design on Tata’s Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Swift and the upcoming Hyundai AX1.

At the rear, we can see the Y-shaped LED tail lamps. The turn indicators and the reversing lamps should be placed on the lower and the upper half of the section of the tail light. Tata will also be offering a high-mounted stop lamp and a rear wiper with a washer.

Powering the Tata Hornbill will be the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine that we have seen on the Tata Tiago, Tigor and the Altroz. The engine produces 85 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. The engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT gearbox for people who want the convenience of an automatic transmission. It might be possible that Tata Motors might also offer the turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre petrol engine that we have seen on the Altroz iTurbo. The turbocharged engine will only be offered on the higher variants. However, there is no official confirmation regarding this. Tata Hornbill will be competing against the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, upcoming Citroen CC21 and the upcoming Hyundai AX1.

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