The launch of the Tata HBX aka Hornbill will now take place in H1, 2021. Once launched, the Tata HBX will rival the likes of Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100
Tata Motors is aiming to widen its range of utility vehicles in India, starting from the introduction of the Gravitas to the production-spec version of the Tata HBX which was showcased in India earlier this year. Initially, the Tata’s entry-level UV is slated to be launched sometime towards the year-end but it has been pushed to May 2021, possibly owing to the adverse impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The test mules of the Tata HBX has been spotted on multiple occasions. The latest spy shot of the upcoming Tata HBX shows the micro-SUV running on Leh Manali highway.
The Tata HBX is expected to carry the same exterior styling design as the concept model showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, except for some slight updates. The mini-SUV will bring in a boxy exterior with square-ish wheel arches and a prominent beltline on the side profiles. In line with elder siblings, the front end of the Tata HBX will feature an aggressive bumper with Tata’s Humanity Line front grille along with tri-arrow patterns on the centre air dam like the Nexon. The raked windscreen, new LED tail lamps with a host of well-defined lines and creases will be part of the changes to the rear end of the car. After the Tata Altroz, the upcoming Tata HBX will be the brand’s second production to be underpinned by the ALFA platform and the company’s modern IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy.
Until now, there’s no word on the powertrain options of the Tata HBX. However, we expect it to come with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine sourced from the Tiago and Altroz siblings. This engine is capable of delivering 85 BHP of power and 115 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties on the HBX will be taken care of by a standard 5-speed MT and an optional 5-speed AMT option. There will be another 1.2-litre Revotorq turbo-petrol engine making 150 BHP and 150 Nm of torque. Upon its launch, the all-new Tata will compete against the likes of Maruti Ignis and Maruti S-Presso in the entry-level UV segment. Expect the Tata HBX to be cheaper than the Tiago which is on sale with the price bracket of Rs 4.70 – 6.74 lakh (ex-showroom) by quite a margin.