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Tata HBX crossover looks ready for launch

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Tata Motors is gearing up to launch the HBX micro SUV in the Indian market. The brand is extensively testing the vehicle in India, and spy shots of the micro SUV were abundant in the past. But this time, the test mule appears to be the near-production model. For the first time, the micro SUV also seems ready for launch. 

To recap, Tata introduced the H2X concept in Geneva in 2019. Later in 2020, the brand introduced the HBX concept at the Auto Exo 2020. The HBX Concept was the slightly toned-down version of the H2X, also known as the Hornbill. The HBX Concept that made its debut at the biennial event in Delhi, is the base for the production-spec HBX. Also, speculation is that Tata could name the micro SUV “Timero”, as Tata filed a patent for the moniker in India.

Tata HBX Spy Shots

According to the spy shots, the Tata HBX will carry over the design language from the concept car. The HBX follows the IMPACT 2.0 design which also features the Tata Harrier and Safari SUV. The Tata HBX will come with a bumper-mounted headlamp, DRL under the bonnet line and a humanity line on the fascia. The HBX test mule also gets black bumpers and wheel arch cladding. The black cladding also continues to the doors and the rear bumper. The test mule also appears to come with a dual-tone paint theme. The Blue shade of the body contrasts with the white roof in the spied model. The test mule also seems to come with dual-tone machine finish alloy wheels. 

Tata HBX Platform 

The Tata HBX will underpin the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture that made its debut with the Tata Altrox hot hatchback. Powering the HBX is likely to be a naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine that will produce around 90 PS of power. The engine is likely to come with a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearbox options. 

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