Tata premium SUV will have five- and seven-seat versions and is expected to launch sometime next year; to be powered by FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine
If any manufacturer that caught a huge attention of the spectators at the 2018 Auto Expo, it was Tata Motors. Primarily because of its H5X and 45X concepts, Tata had been on the limelight for all the right reasons. They are making way for one production model each to be positioned in the highly competitive segments.
While the H5X was the star of the show, the 45X staged in a glass box previewed how the upcoming premium hatchback rivalling the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 would look like. Weighing it against the spy shots we have seen, the connection between the concept and the production model is going to be very close.
However, with the camouflaged H5X prototype, it is a whole different story. For majority of its testing times on Indian roads, it was disguised in Land Rover Discovery Sport body. The premium SUV will be based on the same lightweight L550 architecture as the Discover Sport and is said to come grafted with more than three-quarters of the concept’s design.
The digital illustration here, derived from the concept, would give you some indication of the road-doing premium SUV’s styling. It has a butch stance and rides on tall wheels. Based on the Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, it has a sleek front fascia with LED headlamps and a distinguishable bold bumper area.
The raked windscreen and coupe-ish roofline would remind us definitely of its luxury SUV cousin. The premium SUV will give rise to a five- and a seven-seat version and both are alleged to have noticeably different design. The five-seater will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta while the seven-seater will go up against Jeep Compass as Tata tries to step into new segments with high potential.
The upcoming SUV is expected to launch in India sometime next year and is reported to be powered by the FCA-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine used in the Compass with two different states of tune.
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