Tata Hornbill (HBX) is slated to launch in India around the middle of this year with a 1.2L petrol engine, likely to rival Maruti Ignis
Tata Motors plans to launch a mini-SUV in the Indian market this year. Dubbed the ‘HBX’, this upcoming vehicle was spotted several times during road tests. Recently, new spy photos of the HBX have appeared online, giving us a good look at the interior of the upcoming car, albeit in heavy disguise.
This particular test model appears to be a mid-level variant, as a 2 DIN music system is offered here instead of a touchscreen infotainment system. It does, however, have power windows on all doors, as well as steering wheel controls for the audio system. We don’t know whether cruise control will be offered or not. The vehicle does not have a center armrest for the front and rear seats.
In the spy photos, we also notice that the vehicle has piano black inserts on the air vents, as well as tweeters mounted on the pillar at the front. The interior door handles are also finished in piano black and appear to have the same design as those on the Altroz. The headrests of the rear seats are not adjustable, but a parcel tray for the trunk will be available.
As for the exterior design of the HBX, previous spy images and videos have given us plenty of clues about this. The vehicle has a vertically split headlight design and the front grille features a three-arrow design on the mesh. The vehicle will also offer unique two-tone alloy rims and the rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillar.
The vehicle will get crisp LED taillights and a roof mounted spoiler at the rear. Additionally, the HBX will have a black plastic coating all around, to add to the overall appeal of the crossover. As for the powertrain, we expect it to be powered by the same 1.2-liter gasoline engine (86 hp / 113 Nm) that is available under the hood of the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz ââ(non-turbo ).
Transmission choices will likely include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. There is a small chance that Tata also offers a 1.2-liter turbo-gasoline engine option here. At launch, the Tata HBX could be dubbed “ Hornbill ”, and it will compete with Maruti Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Ford Freestyle.