Initially, the H5X will be diesel only then followed by petrol engine and hybrid models; will get option of both manual and automatic transmission with 4WD system
Tata Motors officially revealed the H5X concept at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has confirmed that the production version of H5X will definitely come and it is expected to be launched in the first half of 2019. The H5X is powered by 2.0 L multijet diesel engine sourced from Fiat which is expected to produce 170 hp of power and over 300 Nm of torque.
Rajendra Petkar, CTO of Tata Motors confirmed that the company could offer hybrid powertrain option for H5X. The upcoming SUV will be a global model and the company want to meet international regulation also. The company want to meet Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFÉ) norms and it could be achieved with hybrid and electric vehicles.
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The CAFÉ norm was introduced in 2017 which is aimed to reduce emissions from cars as it is different from other norms as it doesn’t account for fuel efficiency from a single model instead the average efficiency will be calculated from the entire portfolio of the manufacturer. The current phase requires only 10 percent to be efficient.
The second phase of CAFÉ is going to be introduced in 2022 and it will require manufacturers to be 30 percent efficient which is why most of the carmakers are working on making their engines more efficient along with alternative fuels to contribute to it. The average economy is calculated on the basis of how much fuel used for 100 km.
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The H5X is based on modular OMEGA platform of Tata Motors and this support EVs also. So in future, Tata Motors can introduce EV version of H5X. Even though H5X is an SUV and the buyer prefer generally prefer diesel engine but the trend of petrol SUVs are increasing. The company is also developing an all new petrol engine for H5X.
Initially, the H5X will be diesel only then followed by petrol engine and hybrid models. The H5X will get the option of both manual and automatic transmission with four wheel drive system also. Tata Motors will pack H5X with lots of features. The company is also developing a 7 seater version of H5X which will be launched after the 5 seater model.