Tata Motors has officially confirmed that it plans to launch the production version of the H2X concept, which it had unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Like other latest concept models of the company, the H2X concept incorporates the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy.
The H2X concept's production version, internally known as the 'Tata Hornbill', will break cover after Tata is done with the Altroz and the 7-seater SUV codenamed H7X (Buzzard). "Tata Motors’ design team is now geared up for the next spate of the company’s passenger vehicle launches which includes the much-awaited Altroz, followed by the 7-seater SUV codenamed H7X as well as the showstopper of this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the sub-compact SUV codenamed H2X," the company said in an announcement today.
The Tata Hornbill will have an imposing front fascia reminiscent of the Tata Harrier mainly because of the grille design and the split headlamps. Apart from this, the H2X will feature an aggressive front bumper design, chunky trapezoidal wheel arches, extra body cladding and straight lines. Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors, had said in March that 70-80% of the concept's design is production-ready.
The Tata H2X will have around 2.5-metre-long wheelbase. Its width will measure around 1.8 metres and height will be around 1.6 metres. Following the footsteps of Altroz, it will be based on the in-house developed Advanced Modular Platform (AMP). Also shared with this hatchback will likely be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine. Transmission choices should include 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual.
The Tata Hornbill will rival the likes of Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100. It could break cover at Auto Expo 2020.