Speaking on the Tata HBX, Pratap Bose, Vice President, Global Design at Tata Motors has revealed in a video that the mini-SUV concept was designed in Turin, Italy
Tata Motors had arguably the most fascinating stall at the recently conducted Auto Expo 2020. At this year's motor show, the homegrown carmaker displayed a slew of new models, including the Harrier Automatic, Gravitas, Sierra Concept, Altroz EV and HBX Concept. The latter is an evolution of the H2X design study that was seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Tata HBX concept will spawn out a Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 rival. In all likelihood, it would woo the car buyers with its highly modern and attractive looks, among other features.
Speaking in a new video, Pratap Bose, Vice President, Global Design at Tata Motors has revealed that the aesthetics of the HBX have a solid Italian connection. As seen in the video, the design maestro starts speaking in Italian and then goes on to explain the reason for it. Basically, the Tata HBX was completely designed at the company's global design centre in Turin, Italy. In the video, Bose also talks about the ultra-modern looks of the company's smallest SUV ever.
It's worth mentioning here that the local car market has witnessed a large demand for SUVs in the last few years, which is the very reason for most manufacturers preparing low-cost SUV-ish products to attract the car-buying lot. In tune with this, the HBX will be an entry-level offering positioned below the Nexon, and even under the Altroz, for that matter. In the above video, Bose can be heard explaining that the concept displayed at the Auto Expo 2020 is very close to its production avatar, which means the final version would retain much of fascinating look of the show model.
He also talks in detail about the bold surface treatment and the muscular wheel arches of HBX, along with speaking of the matte and gloss dual-tone paint job that the new model possesses. It may be noted here that the Tata HBX has been design as per the company's IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy, which we first saw on the H5X (Harrier concept). This is the very reason for the new model to have hints of its bigger siblings, especially when viewed at certain angles.
The production-spec Tata HBX will likely launch around the festive season of this year. It's a tad too early to expect the manufacturer to reveal the specs but in all chances, the new model will share its BSVI-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine with the Altroz. Chances of availability of a diesel engine look slim at the moment.