Tata Motors will showcase four models at Geneva Motor Show in March this year, out of which two SUVs will be the H7X and the Hornbill concepts
Like every year, this year too will see Tata Motors showcasing its best at the Geneva Motor Show, which will be held in March. The company will be bringing four models to the famous international motor show. Of these, two SUVs will be the H7X and Hornbill concepts. The other two will be the production-spec 45X, which could be called the Aquilla, and a new car that no one currently knows of.
All these models will be based on the company’s two new modern platforms – Omega Arc and Alfa Arc. The H7X, which is the seven seater version of the H5X concept that spawned the Harrier, will be underpinned by the Jaguar Land Rover L550-derived Omega architecture. The production version of the 45X will be a small car that will rival the Maruti Baleno and Honda Jazz. It will be underpinned by the Alfa platform.
The Tata H7X will be longer than the Harrier, which is, in the first place, already longer than the Mahindra XUV500. It will even have new styling at the front and rear to ensure it doesn’t look too much like its smaller sibling. The larger rear overhand will help the manufacturer install an extra row of seats.
The Tata H7X will have the same features as the Harrier. Even the engine will be the same but will run in a higher state of tune. It is expected to produce 170 PS, which will be 30 PS more than the Harrier. The motor will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic as optional. The same automatic gearbox will be made available on the Harrier.
The Tata Hornbill will be a micro-SUV that will be positioned below the Nexon and close to the 45X. It will share the Alfa architecture with the hatchback cousin and could even come with the same engines. It will compete with the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
Exact specifications aren’t known at the moment but the Tata Hornbill could get the same turbocharged petrol and diesel engines as the production version of the 45X. It could even have a dual-clutch automatic transmission option and a mild-hybrid setup but exact details will be revealed only at the time of the unveiling.