Tata debuted the HBX concept at the 2020 Auto Expo and since then the production-spec version of the micro SUV has been spied testing several times. However, it is for the first time, the SUV has been spotted with an automatic transmission.
Tata is expected to offer the HBX SUV with a petrol engine only. It is expected to get Altroz’ 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine producing 86Nm and 113Nm. While it is expected to get a 5-speed manual as standard, the latest spy shot suggests that the HBX will be offered with an automatic transmission as well. It is expected to be a 5-speed AMT which is currently being offered on the Tiago and the Tigor.
In terms of design, the production-spec HBX is expected to look mostly similar to the concept. Upfront, it features the family look with top-mounted DRLs and headlamps integrated into the bumper. The bumper, however, looks less rugged. The side profile looks clean and boxy with upright A and C-pillars. Similarly, on the inside, the production-spec HBX is likely to look similar to its concept. It is expected to get a multi-layered dashboard with a freestanding touchscreen infotainment system.
Features on offer should include a semi-digital instrument cluster, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering mounted controls, height-adjustable driver’s seat and auto AC.
Tata Motors is expected to launch the HBX SUV by mid-2021. Prices are expected to start around Rs 5 lakh. It will take on likes of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Maruti Ignis and the upcoming Hyundai micro SUV. It will also compete with lower variants of the Nissan Magnite and the upcoming Renault Kiger which get a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine.