The impact design was clearly a Tata trump card. The success of cars like Tiago and Nexon is a clear testament to that statement and at the recently culminated Indian Auto Expo, the Indian carmaker did not waste anytime upping its game. Tata showcased the H5X SUV concept and the 45X premium hatchback concept at the motor show. Both cars feature the company’s Impact 2.0 design language and bellow we will discuss some of the features of the upcoming SUV in detail, which we find interesting.
There has been no official word on how many variants will H5X will be available in, but we think the pricing for this luxurious SUV will start near Rs. 15 Lakh (Ex-Showroom). Considering that H5X will be offered with the same engine options as the Jeep Compass and will incorporate Tata’s Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA) platform, it is safe to say the car will be a bargain. It is also possible that a petrol variant of the car will also be launched later on and will be priced under the diesel models.
The impact 2.0 design can be best described as aggressive to say the least. Even though it incorporates many inputs from the JLR partnership, the overall design of the car is very TATA motors. The multi-dimensional humanity line, the sleek headlamps, and aggressively styled grille and fog lamp enclosures are some of the design accents that stand out at first look.
On the side you can find noticeable character lines and flared wheel arches which accommodate the SUV’s 200 mm ground clearance travel.
Before the Auto expo showcase rumors hypothesized that H5X will be comparable to Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass in terms of its dimensions. Tata however has confirmed that the concept unveiled is a production-ready model and will go into production whilst retaining 85% of the components from the concept without any alterations. This confirms that not only will H5X be bigger in size as compared to Creta and Compass but will also be larger in terms of dimensions than as compared to those of the 2018 Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tuscon. Will this translate into more cabin space or the increased dimensions are just credited to the large overhangs courtesy of the Impact 2.0 design language? Only time will tell.
|Fuel tank capacity||60 litres|
The H5X will be the most luxurious TATA car ever. There is an extensive use of wood panels in the interior and the centre console features a touchscreen display which flows into the driver’s instrument cluster.
Engine and Transmission
Tata commented that the H5X SUV will incorporate the same diesel engine options as we find in the Jeep Compass. This is a Fiat developed 2.0-litre motor which produces 148bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The company also confirmed that the base model will be offered with a 6-speed stick shift transmission whereas the top-of-the-line models will get an 9-Speed automatic transmission. We also expect that later in the SUV’s life a petrol variant will also be introduced which like the diesel models will also incorporate the same petrol engine options as the Compass.
|Type||Inline 4||Inline 4|
|Transmission||6-Speed MT/ ZF 9-Speed AT (O)||6-Speed MT/ ZF 9-Speed AT (O)|
There has been no official comment on the fuel economy of the SUV by the company. An estimation by comparing the power-to-weight ratio of the SUV and its variant can be made. It is quite possible that Tata will manage to offer a claimed fuel economy of 16kmpl in both diesel and petrol variants.
|Fuel economy||16 kmpl||16 kmpl|
The concept at the motor show featured power seats, touch screen infotainment system, sunroof and a sound system which has been designed by Harman.
We expect the production car to come with safety features like dual front airbags, crumple-zone, active cruise control, ABS with EBD, hill climb assist, reversing cameras and sensors.
This premium SUV offering will give Indian automotive industry a luxurious car which bears an Indian automaker’s badge. An SUV that combines American muscle with one of the most renowned and sophisticated British off-roading and handling chassis setup. All of this with a competitive price tag which is expected to undercut a premium Korean compact SUV. This is one of the most exciting cars to come to our country.