80-85% of Tata H5X Concept will be seen on the production variant
Tata is developing two premium SUVs with substantial assistance from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Both will be launched by March 2019.
Based on this Land Rover’s tried and tested platform, Tata will be launching two SUVs. One is a 5 seater and the other is a 7 seater. The one showcased at the Expo earlier this month, was the 5 seater variant. The 7 seater variant will look same, but will be longer to accommodate 7 seats.
Tata H5x Concept SUV made its global debut at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this month. It was the most viewed car at the 2018 Auto Expo. Featuring brilliant design, never before seen features and rugged SUV DNA, how much of this concept will remain true when the car is launched? Well, the designer of the car, Mr Pratab Bose told The Quint in an interview that about 80-85% of what you see in the H5X will be launched in the production variant.
Recently, spy shots of the first test mules allowed us a peek inside the upcoming Tata SUV. Images reveal that the new Tata H5X will feature dual tone dashboard. In the center will be touchscreen infotainment system powered by Harman. Below that are AC vents and HVAC controls. The seats will come with electric control and memory function.
They look very spacious, offering good comfort for your thighs, back and neck. Even at the back, the seats seem to be comfortable for three adults, with good legroom and headroom. There are no rear AC vents or sunroof, but that could be added at a later date. Arms rests for both front and rear passengers are on offer. There are 19 inch alloys.
Speaking about engines, the new Tata H5X is expected to be powered by Fiat’s 2.0 liter MultiJet diesel engine. This is the same engine which powers the Jeep Compass in India. It delivers 170 hp and 350 Nm on board the Compass, but on board the H5X it could deliver about 140 hp. Tata Q502, or the H7X will be a 7 seater variant.
It will feature 3 row seating and will be longer than the H5X. This one too will be powered by the same 2.0 liter engine, but will be tuned to deliver 170 hp. Transmission options on offer are 6 speed MT and 7 speed DCT. Both cars are underpinned by Land Rover Discovery Sport platform, which will make sure that the cars are capable performers on the road as well as off it.
Speaking about pricing, both the new Tata SUVs will be aggressively priced, and will most likely under-cut rivals. Tata H5X will be a rival to the higher variants of Hyundai Creta, while the Tata H7X will lock horns with the likes of Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV700.