The Tata HBX is expected to be launched by early 2021, with an electric version to follow (one that is pipped to become Tata’s most affordable electric car) and here’s the regular version spotted by ElectricVehicleWeb reader Gaurang in Pune.
Note the roof rails, rear spoiler and squared tail lights under the cover along with the rear wiper which could mean this is a top end XZ or XZ+ variant. The car seems to be rolling on 14- or 15-inch wheels. A couple of neat design features that are confirmed to feature on the production car are new lighting technology and a small air curtain in the passage between the grille and the wheel arch.
Tata Motors’ micro-SUV was showcased in its near-production form at the Auto Expo 2020. The HBX (codename: Tata Hornbill) is built on the ALFA platform that is also used by Tata Altroz, just that it is made shorter and narrower.
Spy media confirm that the company is taking over 90% of the HBX Concept’s design into production. Notice the car’s split headlamp design with a DRL strip above and the main headlamp unit below. There’s also circular fog lamps and Tata’s tri-arrow pattern on the front bumper. The pictures below show a floating infotainment system (probably a 7.0-inch) that will support smartphone connectivity and the ZConnect suite. We expect the HBX top-end variant to come loaded with features such as 15-inch alloy wheels, semi-digital instrument cluster, connected services and an 8-speaker sound system.
Positioned between the Tiago and the Altroz, the HBX will compete with the Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100, while Hyundai is expected to join the party with the Hyundai ‘AX’ (codename) at some stage.
As the ALFA platform is ready to support complete electrification (Altroz EV will be the first model from this base), the HBX will be getting a fully-electric powertrain apart from a petrol engine (likely to be the 1.2-litre Revotron unit from the Tiago). The HBX Electric is already on the list of Tata Motors electric cars to be launched in the next few years and is set to inherit the high-voltage & high-performance Ziptron technology that powers the Nexon EV and the upcoming Altroz EV that comes with an 8-year warranty and deliver a 300+ km range. The HBX EV will also face competition with the Mahindra eKUV100 set to be launched in late-2020 as the most affordable electric car in the country.
Tata HBX Concept – Image Gallery
Before the COVID-19 shutdown, Tata Motors was reportedly developing a mid-size sedan that will go against Honda City and Hyundai Verna. To be built on the ALFA platform, an electric version of it is also on the anvil. The new sedan is expected to be an extension of the Altroz premium hatchback (although the body panels would be unique) and will follow the Impact 2.0 design philosophy. Codenamed Tata X452 or Tata Peregrin, the car will mark the return of Tata Motors in the full-size sedan segment after the discontinuation of Tata Manza in 2014.