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Will operations coming to a standstill at Tata Motors due to the effects of COVID-19 and coronavirus? We take a look at Tata Motors' product pipeline for the rest of the year, starting with their next big launch: the HBX subcompact SUV.
Tata Motors had quite the showing at the Auto Expo this year when they debuted a bunch of new products, but due to the coronavirus things have not gone as per the manufacturer's liking. We take a look at some of the products showcased at the Expo, ranging from the concept HBX all the way to the massive seven-seater, the Gravitas.
HBX ‘subcompact SUV’
First debuted as the H2X concept way back in 2019 at the Geneva International Motor Show, it later evolved to the HBX that was showcased at our Indian Auto Expo. The HBX showcased at the Auto Expo was close to 90 per cent what the production car would actually look like. The HBX is based on Tata's new AFLA platform it is said to be positioned below the Tata Nexon and the brand seems to be looking to take on a new segment with this compact SUV. Down the line, the HBX might get an electric variant as well if there is demand, says Vivek Srivastava, marketing head at Tata motors who had a candid chat with our Ed Sirish recently. The ideal customers Tata has in mind are people who are more outward going and like the adventure lifestyle.
The Altroz EV, first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, looks quite identical to its ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). Tata motors has already confirmed the Altroz EV will use the Ziptron electric powertrain, and will come with a lithium-ion battery pack that should offer a claimed range between 250 to 300 km. This is another product from Tata Motors based on the Alpha platform, and it makes it flexible to offer all different kinds of powertrains. Tata Motors hopes to launch the Altroz EV within this financial year, though with the current crisis in China, buyers might have to wait a little longer.
The Gravitas will be the second car Tata will offer based on the Omega Architecture derived from Land Rover. The Gravitas is basically a seven-seater version of the Harrier, and its proportions and looks feature taht of a more traditional SUV silhouette. Tata looks to distinguish the Harrier from the Gravitas by aiming the Harrier towards the younger crowd who want a sportier product while keeping the Gravitas positioned towards the more mature clientele that demand all the luxuries. The Gravitas is stated to be launched in the second half of this year.