Tata Motors showcased the HBX at the 2020 Auto Expo. While the SUV showcased at the event was in its concept form, the carmaker confirmed that the production-spec model will look largely (around 80 per cent) similar to its concept. Now the SUV has been spotted testing and as expected it looks similar to the concept.
Upfront, it features the family look with top-mounted DRLs and headlamps integrated in the bumper. The bumper, however, looks less rugged. The side profile looks clean and boxy with upright A and C-pillars. The test mule spied here is possibly a lower variant as it features steel wheels and halogen headlamps.
The spy shots do not reveal anything about the interior of the HBX but we expect it to look similar to its concept that features a multi-layered chunky dashboard with a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system. Other features that are expected to make way to the production-spec HBX include a 7-inch driver’s display, auto AC and steering mounted controls.
Under the hood, the production-spec HBX is expected to be powered by a petrol engine only. It is likely to get Altroz’ 1.2-litre petrol engine making 86PS and 113Nm mated to a 5-speed MT. Although the Altroz is available with a 5-speed MT only, the HBX might get an option of AMT as well. Tata might also introduce an EV version of the HBX at a later stage, like it did with the Nexon and plans to do with the Altroz.
The production-spec HBX is expected to go on sale by the end of 2021. Prices are expected to range from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. It will take on likes of the Maruti Ignis, KUV100 and Hyundai’s upcoming entry-level SUV.