Tata HBX Spied Testing; Launch Likely In 2021
Tata debuted the HBX concept at the 2020 Auto Expo. Now, the production-spec HBX has been spotted testing. Although the SUV was heavily camouflaged, it looked largely similar to the HBX concept.
Upfront, it looks largely similar to the bigger Harrier SUV. it gets top-mounted LED DRLs flanking the front grille. The bumper features a large central air dam with a tri-arrow pattern flanked by the bumper-mounted headlamps.
The side profile looks butch with a high window line and flared wheel arches housing 15-inch alloys. Like various other modern cars, the HBX also gets a C-pillar mounted rear door handle. Coming to the rear, it gets rounded off tail lamps with a tri-arrow LED detailing and bumper-mounted rear number plate.
Although the spy shots do not reveal the interior of the HBX, it will look largely similar to the concept as confirmed at the 2020 Auto Expo. It is expected to share its feature list with the Altroz including a semi-digital instrument cluster, multi-functional steering, auto AC, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors.
The HBX will not only share its platform with the Altroz, it is also likely to share its engines as well. Under the hood, the HBX is expected to get a 1.2-litre petrol engine making 86PS of power and 113Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed MT. Tata might also introduce a 5-speed AMT with the petrol engine on the HBX SUV.
Tata will slot the HBX below the Nexon in its lineup so expect the prices to start around Rs 5 lakh. Once launched, it won’t have any direct rivals in the market but it will compete with likes of the Maruti Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100 NXT. Earlier, the HBX was expected to go on sale by the end of 2020 but with the outbreak of COVID-19, we expect it to go on sale by early 2021.
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