Tata showcased a number of new cars at the 2020 Auto Expo. Tata has already launched the Buzzard in the Indian market as the Safari. Now the homegrown manufacturer is working to launch the production version of the HBX micro SUV. Before the official launch later this year, Tata is testing the car in various places across India. Here is a video that shows the test mule of HBX on the highway.
The video made by The Fat Biker shows almost the production-ready version of the car. When Tata showcased the HBX at the 2020 Auto Expo, it had said that the production version will be more than 95% similar to the concept version that was showcased at the event. The video confirms the claim. The production-ready Tata HBX looks is very similar to the concept version.
To start with, the rear tail lamps get all-LED treatment and Tata has added the tri-arrow design to it. It sure looks modern and advanced. The rear door of the HBX will get stealth handles that are smartly integrated into the window frame of the vehicle. It was a trend started by the Chevrolet Beat in India and many manufacturers including the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Swift started offering the same.
The alloy wheels also look like they are production-ready. The dual-tone precision cut alloy wheels look like 15-inches with tyres with thick sidewall. It will definitely provide a more cushioning ride to the occupants.
The front part looks quite interesting. It is heavily inspired by the design of the Tata Harrier or the newly launched Safari. There is a thick bar that holds the Tata logo while the headlamp clusters are split. The LED DRL is located separately while the main unit is located below.
Will get an only petrol engine
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.
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.
The all-new HBX will take on the likes of Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the likes. It will be positioned below the Nexon but will be pricier than the Tiago. The video shows how the HBX looks much taller than the Maruti Suzuki Alto on the roads.