The wraps have been lifted off Tata’s H5X SUV concept at 2018 Auto Expo, and the model was quick to impress the show-goers. The successful first showing was followed by the H5X sharing the spotlight with the EVision sedan concept at the 2018 Geneva motor show.
Here’s what you can look forward to, now that test mules of the production version now being spotted across the country.
- Exterior: the H5X will be the first of the Tatas to carry the brand’s Impact Design2.0 design language. It will flaunt a bold styling, with exaggerated wheel arches, large wheels and sleek creases being the prime highlights. Other attractive features include, slim headlights, high-set LED tail-lamps and a floating roof.
- Interior: the H5X will be offered in five-seat and seven-seat variants. Automobile enthusiasts will surely be wowed by the smart steering, a touchscreen infotainment atop a dual-tone dashboard and even memory function. The spy images suggest centre armrests in the front and rear of the five-seat version, and ample room for the second row of seats. Though rear AC vents and a sunroof were missing from the prototype, but the final product is expected to have these features.
- Shared features with the Land Rover Discovery Sport: Tata is leveraging Jaguar Land Rover’s expertise as far as the development of the HX5 is concerned. The production-spec SUV will sport a similar floor pan and steering gear besides an all-independent suspension. Expectedly, the wheelbase will remain the same as that of the Discovery Sport. However, some of the aluminum bits will be replaced by more affordable steel parts so as not to go beyond a certain cost.
- Engine: the production-spec HX5 will share its 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine with the Fiat Chrysler Automobile. This engine is also called Multi Jet II, The five-seat version will get a 140 hp of tune, while the seven-seat variant will come with a 170hp tune. According to the exclusive images, a six-speed manual transmission will come as standard, though a ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission is also on the cards. a new four-wheel drive system is also being developed for the model by Tata. The automaker will also offer multiple drive modes- a feature that is available on their Revotron and Revotorq series of engines.
- Rivals: the price of the H5X SUV is expected to be in sync with Tata’s pricing trend. Expected to make its foray in the first half of 2019, it will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta at the lower end, while its higher spec seven-seat versions will give the Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass a run for their money.