Tata launched the all-new Altroz in the Indian market earlier this year. Their first car in the premium hatchback segment, the Altroz will take on the likes of Baleno and Elite i20. However, Tata is also preparing a solid line-up for their SUVs and will launch new products later this year. Tata has already launched the new Nexon facelift, the new Harrier and the Nexon EV earlier this year. In 2020, the brand will launch two all-new SUVs that will widen its SUV portfolio that currently has the Nexon, Harrier and the Hexa.
Tata showcased the all-new HBX at the 2020 Auto Expo and the car has attracted a large portion of the crowd at the stall. The all-new HBX will be the second vehicle to be based on the Tata’s new ALFA platform that stands for Agile, Light, Flexible, Advanced. The Altroz is the first car on the platform and the HBX will take the entry-level position in the SUV line-up of the brand and will be positioned below the Nexon. The Tata HBX will be a micro-SUV and will take on the likes of Renault Kwid and Maruti Suzuki Ignis in the market. However, Tata HBX will offer a more aggressive design that makes it more SUV-like than the competitors.
Tata has always ensured that their production version remains very similar to the concept models and the HBX will be no different. Pratap Bose, the chief designer and VP, Global Design, Tata Motors said that the HBC concept showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo is 97% production-ready. Which translates into a production version of the HBX that will have a massive road presence. It will get powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine but there will not be any diesel variant of the car available in the market. The HBX is expected to be launched by the end of this year.
The Gravitas will be the second vehicle that will be based on the OMEGA-ARC platform of the brand. The Harrier was the first car on the same platform and it is already doing well in the market. The Gravitas will be an extended version of the Harrier and will offer as many as 7-seats. The car will share a lot of features and mechanicals with the Harrier and will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500. Looks-wise, the Tata Gravitas offers a different side profile. However, the front and the rear look very similar to the Harrier. Even the cabin of the Gravitas will be heavily inspired by the Harrier. It will get powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 170 PS and peak torque of 350 Nm. Both manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options will be available. The Gravitas is likely to be launched before the festive season in India.