Tata HBX Concept-Based Small UV to Launch By October 2021
Tata Motors is working on various new models for the Indian market. The HBX concept-based small UV will be the next big launch from the carmaker. The small utility vehicle was scheduled to go on sale in the Q2 of 2021. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the launch of HBX has been delayed by a quarter. The Tata HBX Small UV will be available from September to October before Diwali 2021.
Rumoured to be called the Tata Timero, the new small utility vehicle will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the upcoming Hyundai AX1. It will be Tata’s second model to be based on the ALFA modular platform; the Altroz being the first model.
Tata HBX: Engine and Transmission
The upcoming concept-based small UV is expected to be powered by a 1.2L three-cylinder naturally-aspirated gasoline engine that also powers the Tiago, Tigor and the Altroz. This engine puts out 86bhp of max power and 113Nm of peak torque. The small UV could also get the 1.2L turbocharged gasoline engine with power output close to 100bhp. Transmission options are likely to include a five-speed manual and a five-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
Tata HBX: Features
The production version of the new Small UV has already been caught numerous times on the Indian roads. It gets split headlamps with sleek LED Daytime Running Lights on top and the main headlamp unit lower on the bumper. The sleek LED Daytime Running Lights are well integrated into the upper grille. The upper front grille and Daytime Running Lights are underlined in chrome, and the lower grille has an inverted tri-arrow design on the mesh. The bumper accommodates fog lamps and wider air-intakes. The upcoming small utility vehicle will get machined-cut alloys, LED tail lamps, C-pillar mounted rear door handles, blacked-out C-pillar, etc.
The concept model was 3840mm long, 1822mm wide, and 1635mm tall. It is expected that the production version HBX will measure identical to the concept model. The inside will be shared with the Altroz hatchback. It will get a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, fabric seats, semi-digital instrument console, etc.
Tata HBX EV
Tata Motors is also working on an electric version of the HBX micro SUV, which is expected to be available in 2022-23. The micro SUV will get the Tata’s new Ziptron EV powertrain system, which includes a 0.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a 129bhp, electric motor mounted at the front axle.