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Tata reveals HBX Micro SUV at Auto Expo 2020, updated H2X Concept

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

At the Tata Motors pavilion at the Auto Expo 2020, the brand showcased its smallest SUV the HBX. The HBX is still in the concept phase but the showcased concept model was pretty close to a production-spec. The HBX is a toned-down version based on the H2X Concept that was revealed last year at the Geneva Motor Show. 

The HBX is based on the ALFA platform that underpins the Tata Altroz and the HBX Concept is in-line with the Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The Front fascia of the HBX features and bold muscular bumper with a large metallic skid plate that showcases the cars ruggedness. The headlights are a split-type with the LED daytime running light set on the bonnet shutline while the main headlight cluster is placed lower on the bumper. The grille on the concept comes in gloss black with a set of LED Auxilary lamps. When viewed from the profile, the car has a rugged rock guard and plenty of black cladding on its squared-off wheel arches to protect its paint. The car also gets alloy wheels in black shod in knobby off-the-road tyres. The HBX gets a floating roof design with a luggage carrier large enough to fit a spare tyre and a couple of jerry cans. Coming to the rear, the HBX gets LED taillights, a skid plate below the bumper and short overhangs for better approach and departure angles. 

In the engine department, the HBX is speculated to come as a petrol-only variant and is likely to be powered by the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine which makes 86 PS of power and 113 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual/AMT gearbox. This engine does duty on the Tata Tiago and Tigor. Also, the HBX may come with an all-electric powertrain in the near future.  In terms of size, the micro SUV measures 3840mm in length, 1822mm wide and 1633mm tall with a wheelbase of 2450mm. 

The HBX is expected to have some minor changes to it, but most of it expected to be carry forwarded to the production-spec model. Upon its launch, the Tata HBX will rival the likes of the KUV100 NXT.