Tata Motors are currently developing a micro-SUV for the Indian market. Codenamed the Hornbill, the vehicle is reportedly set to launch during the 2020 festive season. Now, it is being said that the Hornbill will make its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
If that does happen, the Hornbill will follow a growing list of Tata cars that have been unveiled there over the years. The Hornbill was spotted undergoing testing on numerous occasions, giving us a hint of how it will be looking like. This micro-SUV will be Tata Motors smallest offering in the SUV segment, slotting below the Nexon.
The Hornbill is based on Tata Motors Alfa Modular Platform, which will also be underpinning the 45X premium hatchback. It will also make use of the company’s famed ‘Impact 2.0’ design language. The production-ready version of the Hornbill will make its India debut during the 2020 Auto Expo.
Engine-wise, the Hornbill is likely to use the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, Revotron petrol motor. Its diesel version is on hold since the upcoming BS-VI emission norms make it expensive to produce. However, Tata Motors are set to take a decision regarding it soon.
Like all other Tata models, the Hornbill will also have its price as a calling card for it. The Hornbill will be rivalling the Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and upcoming micro-SUV’s from Renault and Hyundai. Tata Motors will have high hopes on the Hornbill and it remains to be seen whether this micro-SUV can repay the faith put on it.
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