Spy shots of the Tata HBX suggests that the the upcoming Maruti Ignis-rival will resemble the Harrier when it comes to the aesthetics of the front-end
It’s not new that Tata has been working on a micro SUV that rivals the likes of Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Maruti Ignis. Codenamed Tata HBX, the upcoming Tata car was showcased in the pre-production guise at the Auto Expo 2020 and has been spotted on test multiple times since then. Recently, we got our hands on the latest spy pics of the Tata HBX micro SUV, showing that the front end of the HBX car looks much similar to the bigger sibling Harrier.
The front fascia of the upcoming mini SUV from Tata looks like a compact version of the Tata Harrier. Like the bigger sibling, the new Tata HBX also features “Humanity Line” front grille that boasts of the brand’s logo along with split halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights. The front bumper is dual-tone with the centre air dam placed on the lower section. The ORVMs are mounted on the A-pillar while the wheel arches feature plastic cladding.
Previously, spy shots of the Tata HBX revealed that the mini SUV will get dual-tone alloys that might be reversed for the higher-spec variants. Some other key elements on the HBX comprise of the pillar-mounted rear door handles, blackened B-pillars, rear wiper and washer, raked windshield, rear bumper-mounted reflectors and LED taillights.
The information on the interior of the production-ready Tata HBX remains unclear, we do expect it to largely resemble the concept model. There’s a floating-type touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a semi-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, keyless entry, engine start/stop, cruise control, a Harman sound system among many others.
The Tata HBX will be developed on the ALFA platform that also debuts in the Tata Altroz. The engine details of the Tata HBX remains a secret but it is likely to be offered with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine pumping out 86 BHP and 113 Nm of torque. Transmission duties might be handled by both manual and AMT options. An electrified version of the Tata HBX could also make it to the production line after the regular models hit its showrooms next year. The upcoming Tata HBX will sit under the Nexon the company’s product range. It is expected to stand at around Rs 5 lakh price point onwards (estimated, ex-showroom). Reports suggested that the production-spec version of the HBX will get “Timero” as the official name. The micro SUV will see its market launch in early 2021.