Tata’s next vehicle for India will be an SUV codenamed Tata Blackbird which will be slotted into the premium SUV segment and compete with the like of Hyundai Creta.
Tata Motors seems to have an insatiable taste for the SUV segment in India. After the introduction of the compact SUV - Tata Harrier in early 2019, Tata is set to launch another premium SUV codenamed Blackbird, which will come to lock horns with the like of Hyundai Creta in the competition.
Initially, it is alleged that the Tata Blackbird would be developed under Tata and Chery partnership and it will be nothing more than a re-engineered badged version of Chery Tiggo 5x. However, a number of publications have recently told us a different story. According to the latest information, a digital illustrator has released a rendering version of the Tata Blackbird to suggest how the model could look like.
The upcoming Tata Blackbird will share the same platform with the Chery Tiggo 5x, but it will have its own set of cosmetic identities. The Tata SUV will get a split headlights setup at the front, which will be largely inspired by that of the Tata Harrier sibling. Its radiator front grille should be a corporate mix between those of the Tata Harrier and the Cherry Tiggo 5x counterpart while the front skid plates and high-set bonnet will also remind us of the Harrier’s bold stance.
The side profile of the brand new Tata offering will feature a set of machine-cut alloy wheels as seen on the Cherry Tiggo 5x. Besides, it is likely to inherit the black body cladding on the lower parts along with chrome garnishes from the donor car. The overall length of the new Tata Blackbird SUV might not exceed the 4.2 metre or 4.3-metre mark that makes it stand in line with its arch Hyundai Creta rival which measures the length of 4.27 m.
Engine wise, the all-new Tata Blackbird is most likely to share the same 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine units with its elder brother Tata Nexon. It may even come with a mild-hybrid system to achieve higher fuel efficiency.
The official launch of the Tata Blackbird is set for some time in 2021 with its price ranging from Rs 9-14 Lakh so that it can fill the space between the Tata Nexon and Tata Harrier.