Tata micro-SUV leaked in official teaser of 45X and Harrier H5X?
Tata Hornbill will ride on the new Advanced Modular Platform which will also underpin the soon to be launched 45X.
Tata Motors gears up for launch of a new micro SUV, which is reportedly going to be called the Hornbill. The project development is codename ‘Tata X445’.
Initially set for launch by 2022, new report suggests that the launch has been pre-poned – considering the increased demand in its segment. In addition to this, there are not many players in the segment as of now, which gives Tata an added advantage to enter the segment and get the first movers advantage.
Tata Hornbill SUV will be positioned on the new Advanced Modular Platform. The first car to be launched on the basis of this platform is 45X, which was showcased as a concept at the 2018 Auto Expo. Tata Hornbill will compete with the likes of Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 in Africa.
It will boast of aggressive features such as a high set hood, new grille flanked by sleek headlamps and C shaped bumpers. Tata Hornbill will also boast of large fenders, black C pillars and a floating roofline, all of which combine to give the micro-SUV an aggressive stance. It will sit on segment leading 15” wheels which also add to its sporty appeal.
Powering a micro-SUV with a turbocharged engine will be an expensive proposition and hence Tata Hornbill could be powered by a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine which also powers the Tiago. This engine will be mated to both 5 speed manual and 5 speed automatic manual transmission (AMT) options and will comply with new BS VI emission norms.
With launch of the new Tata Hornbill, the company targets buyers who have been purchasing hatchbacks for years but now seek a more promising upgrade. Apart from this, there are many more cars coming from Tata Motors, including a sedan to rival Maruti Ciaz. You can watch the teaser video .