Competitor Suzuki Ignis and Discovery Sport relative who changed his nameMarch 6, 2019
Indian company Tata Motors brought five new products to Geneva. True, only two of the prime ministers are production models. The rest are still in the status of prototypes, but they will soon be on the conveyor.
While the British Jaguar Land Rover refuses to previously announced models and skips prestigious car dealerships, trying to save money, the parent company Tata, on the contrary, expands the line, and also participates in the Geneva Motor Show. Moreover, the “cars” Tats in Europe today do not even sell: despite the fact that the Indians regularly exhibit their cars in Geneva, the company failed to gain a foothold in the Old World. However, if Tata decides to conquer the European market with current innovations, then there are chances for success.
So, perhaps the brightest premiere of Tata at the current auto show – a small SUV H2X. This is still a concept, but the serial version will appear very soon: in India, the product crossover must be presented early next year, local media will punish him with the name Hornbill, his main competitor will be Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
The H2X is based on the new ALFA platform (Agile Light Flexible Advanced, formerly the Advanced Modular Platform, AMP) of its own design. The length of the concept is 3840 mm, the wheelbase is 2450 mm. Tata H2X received a narrow head optics and “square” wheel arches, the rear door handles are hidden. It is expected that the conveyor version as a whole will retain its precursor design, at least externally. But the virtual dashboard combined with the touchscreen of a multimedia system is unlikely to get to a production machine – Hornbill will surely have analog devices and a separate multimedia tablet. About power plant prototype in Tata silent.
Another Geneva Tata concept is the Buzzard crossover, a seven-seater version of the Tata Harrier already available in the Indian market. By the way, the latter was also brought to Switzerland, but the model was renamed Buzzard Sport for the car dealership – apparently, so as not to embarrass the Toyota participating in the exhibition. Cross Tata is based on the Omega platform (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) – this is a cheaper version of the JLR D8 platform, which also has Land Rover Discovery Sport built on it, for example.
The seven-seater Buzzard is 4661 mm long, which is 63 mm longer than that of Harrier, the wheelbase has not changed – 2741 mm. The engine is one for two – fiat’s 140-hp turbodiesel 2.0 Multijet II (Ingenium engines from JLR considered too expensive), which is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox (later the model will have 6-speed automatic transmission from Hyundai). Externally, the three-row cross-country crossover differs only in the design of the stern. The concept car Buzzard (it is possible that the name will be changed) will be reincarnated at the end of 2019 into a production car.
Back in Geneva, the Tata Altroz hatchback was shown as a serial embodiment of the Tata 45X show car. Like the H2X crossover, the “five-door” with a length of 3988 mm (wheelbase is 2501 mm) is based on the ALFA “dolly”. At the first stage in India, the hatch will be offered with the atmospheric three “petrol” 1.2 with a power of 102 hp. Later, Altroz with a diesel engine will be on sale (there are no details about this engine yet) and a completely electric version. Electric car also presented at the Geneva Motor Show, but so far in the status of the prototype. There is no information about the filling of the “green” version, only a power reserve of 250-300 km is declared, but it is not known by what method it was calculated.
The standard Tata Altroz will enter the Indian market in the middle of this year, the electric car will reach dealers in 2021st. Note, in India, the hatch will be positioned as a “premium” model. Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 still belong to those there, they will become the main rivals of the novelty.
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