Production-spec Tata HBX partially revealed in spy photos
A new spy photo has offered us the closest glimpse yet into what the production-spec Tata HBX crossover might look like. The new picture partially reveals Tata HBX's front-end styling, paired with details already gleaned from seeing earlier test mules doing the round.
The new photo confirms that the Tata HBX will carry heavily Harrier-inspired styling, with a prominent split headlamp look. The headlamp clusters seem to be of a squarer-profile than on the Harrier while the Harrier's two-part grille design is also set to be incorporated into the HBX, with what looks like an ornamental gloss black panel between the DRLs and a larger grille between the headlamps finished in a criss-crossed pattern. Although not seen, it has also been learned that the HBX will feature a set of dual-tone alloy wheels on higher trims.
The production car seems to have lost the very aggressive skid plates from the concept, replaced with a more practical but still full-bodied bumper. Some unique touches to the HBX's high-roof profile are the slightly sloping roofline and a rising window-line that ends in a heavily-styled C-pillar. The body panels around the car seem to have been toned significantly, although there seems to be a large spoiler and prominent roof rails. At the rear, the HBX is characterized by its small, squarish tail lamps, and a boot lid set deep within a swelled out bumper.
The interiors are expected to feature a 7-inch floating touchscreen infotainment unit and a semi-digital instrument cluster display. There is also the new steering wheel from the Altroz. The dash design has a unique boxy theme to it with a stepped layout, squarish air vents and off-road themed additions like faux tied-down straps and a compass.
The HBX is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine as seen on the Altroz. This makes with 86PS at 6,000rpm and 113 Nm at 3,300rpm. This is expected to be paired with a 5-speed manual and an AMT. It is based on the ALFA structure, same as the Altroz.
The Tata HBX will compete against rivals such as the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. It is expected to be priced from around Rs 5 lakh when it launches. The HBX was expected to debut during the festive season but Tata Motors seems to have deferred its new launch in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now expect to see the HBX on our roads by early next year.
Spy image source: @rahul_auto_spy via Instagram
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