Tata Motors is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that its upcoming flagship SUV – the H5X – is ready for all kinds of driving conditions, including high altitude driving. To this end, Tata has been spied testing the H5X in the Himalayan ranges. Here is a video that shows the H5X being put through high altitude tests in the Himalayas.
The H5X will be launched early next year as a 5-seat SUV that will take on the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. The H5X will use Land Rover’s LS550 platform. However, this platform will be heavily Indianised to be affordable for middle class buyers. The H5X is likely to be built alongside the Jeep Compass, at the Tata-Fiat factory in Ranjangaon. In fact, the H5X will also share its engine and gearbox with the Jeep Compass. The 2-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine will be detuned to produce 140 Bhp and 320 Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants of the H5X are likely to be offered.
In due time, Tata could also offer an automatic variant of the H5X for India. The H5X was first shown to the world as a concept at the Auto Expo. The concept’s sleek yet muscular lines have made a big impression on enthusiasts and prospective buyers alike. The production version of the H5X is expected to retain over 90% of the concept’s lines, and this is a good thing considering how sharp the concept version of the SUV looks. As for pricing, we expect it to be priced between the Creta and Compass. Expect a starting price of slightly over Rs. 10 lakhs. More details about the SUV will be revealed in the coming months.
The H5X will be followed by a 7-seat sibling called the H7X. The H7X will sit above the H5X in terms of price and positioning. It will get a more powerful state of tune on the 2-litre turbocharged diesel engine – 170 Bhp-350 Nm. However, transmission options are expected to be carried over unchanged. The H7X is also expected to have an all-wheel drive option but lower variants will be front-wheel driven. Like the H5X, the H7X will also use the Land Rover LS550 platform. The H7X will arrive in India a year after the H5X, in 2020.