Tata Motors has finally showcased what essentially is a close-to-production concept of the H2X concept, the HBX, and Sierra EV at the Auto Expo 2020.
Well, instead of showing a full-blown production-ready version of the H2X Concept, Tata Motors has revealed a near production-ready concept, called the HBX, at the 2020 Auto Expo today. The HBX is the homegrown carmaker’s smallest SUV yet, which will sit right under the Nexon in the company’s SUV line-up. Expected to be a petrol-only model (like the new Tiago and the Tigor), the HBX's market launch isn't too far away.
As we informed our readers earlier, the HBX is underpinned by the brand’s ALFA (Agile, Light, Modular, and Flexible) architecture – making it the second model, after the Altroz, to be based on it. Moving on to the car's design, the HBX gets a split-headlamp setup at the front-end, with the LED DRLs located on the top, and the main headlamp cluster mounted lower down the bumper. On the sides, the car features prominent wheel arches with a belt-line running across the length. The concept also makes use of knobby tyres, which won't make it on to the production-spec model.
The HBX is likely to be powered by the brand’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which currently powers the Tiago, Tigor, and Altroz. It is expected to arrive in the Indian market soon. An HBX-based EV is also on the cards.
The Sierra EV Concept, on the other hand, brings back the Sierra nameplate and pays homage to Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman emeritus of the Tata Group. The Sierra EV also features a split-headlamp design setup with LED DRLs mounted on the top, with the main headlamp unit mounted on the bumper. With no rear door on the right and a sliding rear door on the left, Tata has very cleverly tried their best to retain the original Sierra's three-door layout. As of now, Tata has not revealed the launch or powertrain details of the Sierra, although the concept car seems to be a surefire hit.