According to the reports of Economic Times Auto, Tata Motors will launch the new small SUV Tata Hornbill in the auto markets of India in 2021. Previously it was informed to launch in 2022.The Tata Hornbill is going to be a small crossover or micro SUV based on the new modular platform and the upcoming Tata 45X premium hatchback will also be developed on the same platform. It is expected that Tata Motors will showcase the new Tata Hornbill, code named as X455 at the Auto Expo 2020 and will launch the micro SUV in the Indian markets in 2021.
Mayank Pareek, President of Tata’s PV business unit refused to give any pointers when he was asked to comment on the Tata Hornbill but he acknowledged that there is a great potential for this product. The Indian markets sell over 1 million hatchbacks every year being one of the largest market for hatchback segment. Mayank said, “Indian people who have been purchasing hatchbacks for years will be looking for a promising upgrade. Almost 58 percent of these customers replace their cars every six years. A micro SUV would be a good alternative to those customers looking for an upgrade.”
The Tata Hornbill will also feature the company’s new impact design 2.0 design philosophy. The Tata Motor’s new impact design will make its debut with the Harrier SUV. The Hornbill small SUV is mainly targeted towards the young generation of the country and the micro SUV will be rich in feature to tackle the competition in the auto markets of India. With the increase in popularity of the small crossover or the small SUV segment in the country, not only Tata Motors but also Hyundai and Datsun are working on to introduce their cars in 2021-22. Moreover, Tata Motors is planning to explore new segments as the automaker’s newly engineered cars are performing well in the Indian markets.
In order to maintain the affordable price, the upcoming Tata Hornbill small crossover is likely to get the same powertrain as the Tiago. Therefore, the Tata Hornbill is expected to get powered to a 1.05 litre turbo diesel engine and 1.2 litre naturally aspirant petrol engine. Both the engines will come coupled to a five speed manual or a five speed automatic transmission. When launched, the micro SUV Tata Hornbill will compete with the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Ignis.
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