Tata Motors made the biggest splash at this year’s Auto Expo with two really ravishing car concepts – the H5X SUV and the 45X premium hatchback. And the best part about both cars is that they’re coming soon to India. The launch timelines are now out.
The H5X SUV will be launched first, in the first quarter of 2019, while the 45X will follow in the later part of the year, during the festive season. Both cars will use Tata Motors Impact 2.0 design philosophy but will be as different as chalk and cheese when it comes to pricing, positioning and also the buyer segments they’re targeted at.
Mayank Pareek, Tata Motors’ head for the passenger vehicles business unit said,
In the first quarter of next year, we will introduce the H5X, a new SUV based on the Omega platform. In the second half of the year, we will launch the premium hatch 45X based on the Alpha platform. Over the next three years, we will develop an entire suite of products, including sedans and other products that are currently missing from our portfolio. By 2021, we will cover 90% of the passenger car market.
First, let’s take a look at what the H5X SUV is all about. It’s a compact SUV with seating for five and meant to be Tata Motors upmarket rival to the Hyundai Creta. At the same time, we expect the H5X to undercut the Jeep Compass and play the sweet spot between the Creta and Compass. The H5X will use the Land Rover LS550 platform as its underpinnings, but with extensive localization to drive down costs. It’s expected to be powered by the 2-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with about 140 Bhp and 320 Nm. The SUV is likely to have 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic gearboxes. While a front wheel drive layout will be standard, an all-wheel drive layout is likely to be offered as an option.
The 45X will be Tata Motors’ Maruti Baleno challenger in the premium hatchback segment. It’ll be the first Tata car to use the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP), which will support many other models such as a sedan, MPV and a crossover. The 45X will use the same engines as the Tata Tiago hatchback but with a lot more power and torque thanks to variable geometry turbochargers on both petrol and diesel motors. While manual gearboxes will be standard, Tata Motors is also mulling a twin clutch automatic gearbox for this car. Initially though, expect only the manual transmissions to be on offer. The 45X is likely to undercut both the Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20 in terms of pricing.