Tata HBX will be the company's smallest SUV/crossover vehicle yet. According to the latest reports, the car is expected to launch towards the end of 2020.
Earlier, IndianAuto had reported that the Tata HBX has almost reached its production form. Now, it seems like we also have a launch timeline. The homegrown manufacturer has confirmed that the HBX will be launched in the fiscal year 2020-21. Although that is a huge window, it does confirm the company’s plan to introduce a small SUV-ish vehicle. The most likely scenario is before the end of the year.
The 2020 Tata HBX will compete against Maruti Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 NXT, and Ford Freestyle in the Indian market. Unlike its rivals though, the Tata looks like a proper SUV, whereas the others only seem to be inspired by one. In the pictures, you can see that the HBX has a high ground clearance, skid plate, gigantic roof rack, and knobby tyres. The car wears the same ‘Impact 2.0’ design as the Harrier, complete with vertically split headlights and a crossover silhouette.
Tata HBX looks like a proper SUV from almost every angle
Regarding the powertrain, we can only speculate that the HBX will get the same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol that powers the Tiago, Tigor, and Altroz. This engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a possibility of a 5-speed automatic gearbox also being offered as an option. As Tata does not have a small capacity BSVI-compliant diesel engine in its line-up currently, there won’t be on offer. There, however, could be a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol on offer, the same one that powers the Nexon. If so, it will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT.
Tata HBX Mini SUV Concept Detailed Walkaround | Auto Expo 2020
The prices will only be officially revealed after the launch, although we expect the car to be priced between Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 9 lakh. In this range, it will go neck to neck with the Ignis. Sadly, due to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, there have been unforeseen delays in manufacturing. It would be unwise to push for a launch this early in the market, especially if the general public isn’t buying anything other than household supplies right now.