Tata Motors has confirmed that HBX will also be offered with an electric powertrain. Here's a neat rendering that gives an idea of how the Tata HBX EV will look like.
Tata Motors showcased the HBX in its production-ready avatar at the 2020 Auto Expo. It is expected to be launched by this year itself followed by the Gravitas. Apart from these, Tata Motors is also planning to launch 4 new EVs in the Indian market by 2022. The electrified version of the HBX will also be a part of the list. While we imagined how the Tata HBX EV will look like, IAB has drafted its thought in the form of a neat rendering.
Rendering of Tata HBX EV by our in-house digital artist.
In the rendering, the Tata HBX EV wears the signature Teal Blue colour that Tata has been using for its new-age electric vehicles. This colour first debuted on the Nexon EV and then on the Altroz EV, which was showcased the 2020 Auto Expo. The HBX EV features a contrasting white paint scheme for the roof. Other changes in comparison to the HBX concept are a new piano-black grille with EV badge, lower air-dam with blue-coloured tri-arrow pattern, a neon-blue strip underlining the front grille, and new design for the alloy wheels.
The HBX EV will be powered by Tata’s Ziptron electric powertrain technology. It will also be a high-voltage EV like the Nexon EV. It is expected to be offered with a 20kWh battery pack. The battery will be IP67 rated for dust and water resistance. With a smaller motor in comparison to the Altroz and Nexon EVs, the HBX EV will offer a decently long range of around 250 kilometres. Also, Tata Motors will offer it with the assistance of fast charging; where the user will be able to charge it up to 80% of its total capacity in under 60 minutes.
Dashboard of Tata HBX Concept showcased at 2020 Auto Expo.
Tata HBX EV is likely to be launched sometime in 2022. However, its ICE-powered version will soon be making its way to the market. It will be powered by the same 1.2L 3-pot petrol motor as the Altroz. The naturally-aspirated engine will belt out a peak power output of 86 PS and a peak torque of 113 Nm. Transmission options expected to be offered are a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT. Once launched, it will be a direct rival to Mahindra KUV100 and Maruti Suzuki Ignis.