Tata’s HBX micro SUV getting ready for launch

In February 2020, Tata Motors unveiled a micro-SUV concept called the ‘HBX’ at the Auto Expo. Expected to be named as Hornbill, Tata’s upcoming micro SUV is getting ready for launch and would hit the markets soon. The HBX will be based on Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language, the vehicle will be 1,635 mm tall, 3,840 mm long and 1,822 mm wide.

Under the hood, the HBX will only have a petrol engine and its variants. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron naturally aspirated petrol engine will be able to churn out 86 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual transmission and will be mated to both manual and AMT gearboxes.

Other features that will likely be on offer include a 7-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, push-button start/stop, cruise control, electronically adjustable wing mirrors as well as a Harman premium audio system.

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Besides, it also has an SUV stance and the flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel. The car will share its platform with premium hatchback Altroz. Tata micro-SUV will sit below the Nexon in Tata’s SUV line-up and will rival Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT. Upon launch, the Tata HBX/Hornbill will go on to become the most affordable SUV offering in the carmaker’s line-up. Tata is expected to price the production-ready HBX at a starting price of around Rs 4 – 5 lakh.