Tata HBX is Suspected To B Called ‘Timero’ In Production Form
In the current car scenario, Tata HBX is one of the most anticipated vehicles. Tata Motors has captured the attention of the Indian audience since it showcased the HBX (then known as H2X) at the Geneva Automobile Show in 2019. Since then, people have wanted to find out more and a near-production model, which Tata Motors claimed was up to 90% production-ready, was revealed at the Auto Expo in February 2020.
The Tata HBX might get a new name if it was to start sometime next year. A leaked government document shows that ‘Timero’ has been registered by Tata Motors. It is speculated that the next HBX micro-SUV could be.
It was repeatedly spied, pointing out that before its official launch, Tata tested the micro SUV aggressively. Tata has made clear from the Geneva Car Show that the new HBX will be its SUV entrance in its product lineup and will be under the Tata Nexon. The car will be designed according to the design philosophy of the company IMPACT 2.0 and will be built on the new Altroz platform. It is nevertheless located in the product portfolio of the company beneath Altroz and is the smallest car to use this platform.
The HBX is powered only by a 1,2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine in the Tiago, Tigor, and Altroz, which is also worth emphasizing. This engine produces a maximum of 86 hp and a maximum torque of 113 Nm. A 5-speed handbook or a 5-speed AMT is required for transmission tasks. However, as the Revotorq engine has been discontinued, there will most probably be no diesel engine on offer.
On the outside, with its upright position, beefy front end, and muscular wheel arch, the HBX is noticeably lengthier and larger than the Maruti-Suzuki Ignis – giving more SUVish characteristics in order to attract the SUV audience. Having split headlights inspired by Tata’s larger sister, the Harrier, is the main attraction.
Similar to the outside, it is likely that the HBX production-spec cabin stays the same as the concept, except for certain trinkets. In terms of features, a semi-digit instrument console similar to Altroz, Nexon EV, and Harrier was installed on the Tata HBX displayed at the Expo. But since the more expensive ICE-powered Nexon model is using all-digital appliances, such as the new Tiago and Tigor, we expect the HBX to be equipped with the same.
But most likely, the automatic climate control panel, the flat-bottom steering wheel, and a free-standing infotainments touchscreen, individual headrests for the back seat and all other practical bits fitted to the display car will be transported. That compass and inclinometer would like to be made also in the production model.
When it is introduced, the Tata HBX will be up to the ones that are basically hatchbacks with SUV-inspired design: Maruti-Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, Maruti-Suzuki S-Presso, and Renault Kwid. The price of Rs 4.5 lakh- Rs 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom) is expected. Tata Motors will be equipped with a large range of ULs with the introduction of the HBX, including the flagship Tata Gravitas three-rows, which will also be launched later this year.