Tata is preparing a budget alternative to the small cross-country Suzuki IgnisDecember 1, 2018
In India photographed camouflaged car. It is assumed that a new subcompact SUV from Tata has hit the lens.
Not so long ago, Indian media found an image of a small SUV in one of the Tata video presentations. According to unofficial information, the serial version of this model will appear in 2020 or 2021, the code name of the cross – Hornbill. And now at the disposal of the local network publication GaadiWaadi was a snapshot of a masked car: the portal suggests that this is a test mule of a future crossover.
It is expected that the basis of the Tata Hornbill commercial SUV will be the new modular platform AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) developed by the company (the same 45X hatchback will be built on the same platform). The car caught by the photospies is not much like the model from the presentation, however, let’s not forget that we are facing a test sample – as the Indian publication notes, the company has just begun to test the novelties.
Serial Hornbill tipped gasoline three-cylinder engine 1.2 Revotron, familiar from other models of Tata. For example, in the Tiago hatchback, this engine produces 85 hp, it works in tandem with a five-speed manual or a robotized transmission. It is possible that Hornbill will also be turned into a “soft” hybrid, that is, a model can get a starter-generator. It is not yet known whether SUV will have four-wheel drive.
The main competitor of the future Tata Indians call the small cross Ignis (length – 3.7 m, wheelbase – 2.4 m), produced by the local joint venture Maruti Suzuki. In this country, Ignis is available with a four-cylinder petrol engine K12M 1.2 of 83 hp, it is also combined with a 5MKP or a robotic box. There is no all-wheel drive for the local Suzuki cross-country, although in other countries version 4WD is available for the model.
Hornbill should be cheaper than its rival. By the way, in India Ignis is considered a premium car, it is even sold through a separate dealer network Nexa. But the price of the Maruti Suzuki model is very attractive – from 466,500 rupees. The demand for Ignis in India is quite high – last year more than 48,000 cars were sold, this is the 22nd place in the overall ranking of the country’s best-selling models. Note, Ignis entered the Indian market in early 2017.
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