Tata’s Creta Rival (Blackbird) To Use 160 HP 1.5L Turbo Petrol Engine

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Tata Nexon Coupe will be a stretched version of the Nexon compact SUV adhering to the midsize SUV category to compete against Creta and Seltos

Tata Motors is currently working on a host of new launches for the betterment of its future and a number of electric vehicles are certainly in the grapevine. The brand will launch its CNG lineup based on existing models on January 19, 2022 and along the course of the year, the updated Nexon EV with a higher battery range is also expected.

In addition, the Altroz EV has also been on the rumour mill for a long period of time and accelerating its efforts on the electrification side, Tata announced a new standalone EV subsidiary called TPEML recently. Tata appears to be developing a zero-emission mid-size SUV and the Sierra nameplate will be brought back into action via an electric SUV reportedly.

Speculations also indicate that models like the recently launched Punch and Harrier may also get electrified in the near future. Over the next three to four months, Tata is said to launch a petrol automatic version of the Altroz as well. Back to the mid-size SUV, it is part of the company’s aim to introduce ten EVs over the next five years under TPEML.


The Nexon EV based on its ICE compact SUV sibling is the best-selling passenger electric car in the country and manufacturers like Hyundai and MG are targeting a similar space in the near future. Switching it up, Tata is developing an electric coupe based on the Nexon with bigger proportions and it will also give way to an ICE sibling.

We can expect the IC-engined Nexon Coupe mid-size (Blackbird internally) to sit above the existing Nexon and below the Harrier with an overall length of around 4.3 metres to compete directly against Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster. It will have a longer wheelbase of around 50 mm and a redesigned exterior.

As for the performance, the midsize five-seater SUV will reportedly be powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing around 160 hp while an upgraded version of the 1.5-litre turbo diesel used in the Nexon is also likely. Both manual and automatic transmission could be offered and its launch could happen only after the arrival of the Nexon EV Coupe.