Tata Hornbill will be based on ALPHA platform and powered by engines from Tiago; launch likely by the end of this decade
The compact SUV segment in India is registering good growth, but micro-SUVs are yet to make an impact in the Indian car market and one of the reasons is the lack of new products. But manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are working on new models to enter this segment.
Tata Motors tasted success in the compact SUV segment with Nexon and they are building on the confidence as the company is developing a new micro-SUV. It could be launched by the end of this decade and it is codenamed as X445. Some reports indicate that the micro-SUV will be christened as Hornbill.
The first hint of the upcoming model was given during the official presentation of H5X and 45X concept at the 2018 Auto Expo and we have come up with a digital rendering of Hornbill. The design will be based on Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and we can expect some inspiration to be taken from Nexon.
The SUV stance of Nexon will be retained along with high ground clearance, which gives a bold look for Hornbill. The micro-SUV comes with black plastic cladding across the body and flared wheel arches with 15 or 16 inch alloy wheels and rear gets LED tail lamps along with a new design theme for the rear door to make the model look attractive.
The interior will get a modern design theme with three spoke steering wheel and instrument cluster will be shared with other Tata products. The centre console gets a floating touch screen system and the quality of materials used inside the cabin will be par among with competitors. We can expect Tata Motors to pack Hornbill with lots of features.
The Hornbill will be based on new ALPHA modular platform as it will be used for models up to 4.3 m in length. The micro-SUV could be powered by same diesel and petrol engines from Tiago with option of manual and automatic transmission. Tata Hornbill will compete against Maruti Suzuki Future S and Mahindra KUV 100.