Tata Motors is currently developing a micro-SUV that is expected to go on floors by 2020. Codenamed the Hornbill X445, it will be placed below the Nexon in Tata Motors line-up. The Hornbill was recently rendered and it reminds us of the Nexon compact SUV.
In this render, the car carries most of the design cues from the Nexon. The Hornbill also looks boxy in shape and is built with a raised stance. This micro-SUV will be based on Tata Motors Alpha platform that will underpin future compact vehicles from the automaker.
We can expect this new platform to give better dynamics and a decent ride to the Hornbill. Tata Motors recently teased the Hornbill while they unveiled the concept versions of the upcoming H5X mid-size SUV and the 45X premium hatchback during the 2018 Auto Expo. As far as engine is concerned, the Hornbill will employ the Tiago’s petrol and diesel motors.
One will be the 1.2-litre petrol engine churning out 85 BHP of power and 114 Nm of torque. On the other hand, there will be a 1.05-litre diesel engine giving 70 BHP of power and 140 Nm of torque. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with an automatic option set to arrive later.
Prices are expected to begin from a mere Rs. 5 lakh and go all the way to Rs. 10 lakh. The Hornbill will be rivalling the Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Hyundai Grand i10. Tata Motors have high expectations from the Hornbill, and it will be interesting to see whether it will reflect in good sales numbers for the micro-SUV.
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