The year 2021 could in many ways be a vital one for homegrown automaker Tata Motors. This is because Tata Motors are planning on bringing forward a host of new models which will occupy the different ends of the market. The automaker has already started to commence their operations leading to the forthcoming year and it could be exciting times ahead for the car buying public.
One such product comes in the form of a new micro-SUV, codenamed the HBX. As of now, the Tata HBX is in its final stages of testing and could be seen in showrooms not a long time from now. The car is reportedly slated for an official release here in June 2021.
Keeping that aside, the upcoming micro-SUV has been spied on test again. The pictures clicked look more like the near production version of the car given that it is in its final stages of testing. From these pictures, one can notice a new set of alloy wheels on the car alongside the heavy camouflage which is surrounding its body.
The design of the alloy wheels differ from the that of the pre-production show car unveiled during the 2020 Auto Expo. On the other hand, the exterior bears a striking resemblance to the show car, with only a few changes expected in comparison. The test car can be seen sporting a rear wiper, roof rails and what appears to be a reverse parking camera on the rear.
There are no pictures clicked yet of its interior but we can expect it to have the same layout as the show car. The Tata HBX showcased during the 2020 Auto Expo had a floating touchscreen infotainment system and a revised dashboard as compared to other Tata cars. It is said to come with features such as keyless entry, automatic climate control, cruise control, reverse parking camera and so on.
Engine-wise, the Tata HBX will be sharing the same 1.2 litre, three-cylinder petrol motor alongside cars such as the Tiago and Altroz. This engine does give power outputs of 86 BHP power and 113 Nm torque. It will come mated with options of both a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT transmission.
Tata Motors could also roll out electric and turbocharged versions of the HBX in the near future, but no word has been said on that for the time being. The Tata HBX will be taking on cars such as the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 and Hyundai’s upcoming micro-SUV by the time of its launch. Tata Motors are expected to price the car aggressively at around Rs.5-7 lakh which could create quite a storm in the market ahead of its launch.
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GALLERY: 2021 TATA HBX (TEST-CAR)