Tata’s New Rs 6 Lakh SUV Spotted! Can It Challenge KUV100, Suzuki Ignis & Hyundai AX1?

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Increasingly, in India the market for SUV segment is growing due to rising popularity. Also the SUV space has many players like Hyundai, Kia etc with models like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Venue.

Creta, despite being expensive, is the highest selling SUV in India. Evidently, it is safe to conclude that people are now ready to spend money for the SUV cars which they like and trust. Maruti, after taking a cue of this consumer behaviour, launched Ignis which is an urban-SUV.

Ignis is a good alternate for people looking for a budget car with SUV looks, as against the mundane looking Santro. In order to compete the Maruti’s offering, Tata & Hyundai are all set to release their products.

Tata is planning to launch a SUV in India, which it is going to price around 6 lakh rupees. Following are the details of the same:-

Design and Looks

It is inspired by Harrier, as far as the looks are concerned. However, it shall have its own differences. The new SUV, Tata HBX, as it’s called will have a prominent split headlamp look. The thick, piano black horizontal slat resembles the one on the Nexon whereas the vertically split headlamp design is to be taken from Harrier. Inspired by Nexon, the lower portion shall have bi-arrow elements whereas the front grille will be vertically split.

It must have dawned upon you that how Tata is choosing the best of features from each model and amalgamate all of them into Tata HBX.

Launch Price & Competition

The look was disclosed in Auto Expo 2020 and the company promises that the production car will be 90% similar.

In India, the actual SUV maybe called as Tata Hornbill as against its concept name called Tata HBX. This car may be launched in India before the end of 2021.

For the base variant, it is expected that it will be launched at a price around Rs 6 lakh.

Tata may launch turbo petrol engine of Altroz with HBX, in case HBX becomes popular.

The Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, to name a few, are the prominent offerings by rival players that it will be going against.

Hyundai AX1 will also be launched soon, which in turn will stiffen the competition.

Engine and performance

Like Altroz, HBX will be powered by1.2-litre petrol engine. The engine will produce 84bhp at 6,000rpm and 113Nm at 3,300rpm. It will mostly be paired with a 5-speed manual and an AMT. Same as Altroz, HBX will be built on the ALFA platform.

The competition Maruti Ignis on the also comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine option.

Interiors

Couple of times now at testing, Tata HBX has been spotted. Aiming to free up space for the front passengers, HBX will feature an upright dashboard. The instrument console, not confirmed as could not be seen clearly, can be expected to be a digital unit like in the Tiago and Tigor.

As evident from the gear knob, it is equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. An option of AMT is expected to be offered with HBX. The steering wheel is is a flat-bottomed three-spoke unit, whereas it is the stand-alone touchscreen infotainment system which takes the centre stage. Good overall visibility from the cabin should be offered by the tall seating position.

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