There is a wide bandwidth of upcoming Tata cars set to launch in the coming years.
With things approaching back on the semblance of normalcy, manufacturers are back with their ambitious future plans and product development teams leaving no stone unturned in researching and developing spanking products that we have a solid hankering for. Here are the Top 5 upcoming Tata cars that are likely to spout a lot of frisson in the industry and not just us enthusiasts, but buyers too.
Changing its concept name from H2X to HBX, this compact SUV will be the brand’s most affordable SUV when launched. While Tata has been a bit furtive yet, reportedly, the car will bear the moniker Hornbill when the final production model is ready to get sold.
It inhales the essence of style from its newer siblings such as the Harrier and the Safari which become evident when glanced over the crisp LEDs, wedged headlamps and that signature gloss black grille every new age Tata product, wears with hubris. Its unique characteristics include triangular appliques seen in the corners of the headlight and taillight area, squared wheel arches, muscular fenders for a meaty SUV appearance and swanky indentations on the hood to entice a young buyer, whom this car is targeted towards.
Chunky wheels and a scuff plate on the bumper pretentiously bring to life its SUV characteristics and give the impression of a longer car than its actual length of just a shade above 3.8-metres. Though its wheelbase will be smaller than both, the Altroz and the Nexon, the cleverly designed ALFA architecture ensures generous amounts of space for adults seated at the back.
Its interior bears some similarities such as the infotainment screen atop the dash and multiple layers of plastic running seamlessly with the Altroz, Nexon and the Harrier. In case you have ogled at the concept’s interior, do note that the shiny bits encapsulating the AC vents, dash, door pads and the bottom portion of the steering wheel won’t make it to the actual production model.
As for the powertrain options, the car will come powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor with 86 HP which will be coupled with an AMT or a 5-speed manual transmission. To cater to the enthusiasts, a more powerful 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine will also follow and even an EV version of the car is in progress.
Tata Sierra EV
Many of you would’ve already chuckled in amusement reading the name Sierra. The icon that was launched way back in the year 1991 and was in production till the end of that decade has been shown to us in a concept avatar and could launch by mid-2023. It will continue to be a brawny 3-door SUV that shall emulate the basic body profile of the original car with its wrap-around glass area which spans the rear glass area and the almost the entire roof area.
As Tata regards it as ‘Sierra for a new era,’ it will be fully electric which will be its major standout feature in the segment. Though the consumers will feel bereft of ICE, the company claims the car to be as exciting to drive as an ICE vehicle.
The front fascia of the concept is typically Tata with the ‘Humanity line’ grille flaunting gaudily. Swept back headlamps that merge with the gloss-black hood lining arises opulence. Cavernous air intakes on both sides and a massive scuff plate swathing the bumper are elements to write home about.
The RR Velar inspired door handles and camera screens in lieu of wing mirrors shown in the concept is a cool bit too. However, considering some Government regulations, it isn’t plausible for the car to have such cameras installed which implies it will have normal wing mirrors when portrayed.
The rear harangues an LED light strip dividing the car’s upper portion and lower region. For muscular presence, the use of an abuse-friendly bumper appears perfect. The air outlets at the rear to spout air are a neat design addition besides being of dynamic worth.
Despite aiming at the future, Tata Motors have apparently used minimalism as its mantra behind designing the car’s interior. No screen but your phone or tablet will be plugged in to the car and will be used as the screen.
The most fascinating aspect of the interior is the car’s rear where a sofa like seating arrangement spread across the width and the side glass area has been shown in a bid to let the passengers connect and create a convivial atmosphere. This also allows everyone to gaze at the panoramic view of their surroundings and the sky.
Electrification for the future is irrefutable but the battery specifications are unknown yet. However, the car is expected to be swift enough to pacify even the most discerning enthusiasts out there.
Tata has long been absent in the premium sedan space after the discontinuation of the Manza. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Tata Motors had showcased a concept that was to morph into a full-sized electric sedan.
It was among the first cars designed on Tata’s then new Impact 2.0 design language which emanated an elegant and fluidic side profile while the front acted as a requiem to Tata’s ‘humanity line’ grille and sharp and swooping headlamps that made for aggression.
Its interior was as majestic as it could get with soft-touch leather on the dash, a floating console housing all the functions, a fully-digital instrument cluster and gargantuan amounts of space for all occupants. The specifications of the battery and electric components aren’t known yet but wraps could be taken off the car by mid or late 2022.
Tata Tiago EV
While its sedan sibling, the Tigor EV has been in the cab market for quite some time now, it’s only the Nexon EV which is available for sale to the public. That said, Tata Motors is now democratising its EV range further with the Tiago EV which will not only conjure a niche for itself, but also be the marque’s most affordable EV for more plebeian to have access to an electric car. It could be launched by December this year or early next year.
Tata Altroz EV
The company has also disclosed its plans of mating its spanking premium hatchback to electric battery. The Altroz EV will be a good and relevant addition to the brand’s range to compensate for the rather dull performance of its non-turbo petrol powertrain while offering the convenience of reduced noise and NVH levels at the same time.
As with most electric vehicles in the market, the Altroz EV is expected to be more refined which will work in its favour. However, as EVs are relatively costlier than their gasoline or oil-burner counterparts, it remains if the consumers would be willing to make the stretch of shelling out another lakh or two just to avail the electric credentials.
That said, it will make for quite an unconventional offering which at the time of its launch, won’t have any competition. We expect wraps to be taken off the car by early next year.