Saar: Its production version will lock horns with the likes of the Mahindra KUV100, Ford Freestyle and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Tata Motors arrived with five headliners – the Altroz, Altroz EV, Buzzard (Tata H7X), Buzzard Sport (Tata Harrier) and a funky little SUV concept codenamed as the H2X. We are still some time away to see the production version of it. However, the concept car does deliver some interesting details.
The Tata H2X Concept is underpinned by the same platform that does duty in the Altroz siblings. It’s the ALFA-arc (Agile Light Flexible Advanced-Architecture) which can do its duty for varied body styles and powertrains. The H2X will become the second vehicle in Tata Motors portfolio to feature the new platform.
We also have some numbers. The Tata H2X Concept measures 3,840mm in length, 1,822mm in width and 1,635mm in height. The wheelbase stretches to 2,450mm. The production-version will surely be a leaner figure but one thing is for sure, whenever it launches it will slot below the Nexon in Tata Motors’ SUV portfolio.
There is no getting away from the fact that the H2X Concept looks funky, refreshing and embodies some key design elements from the H5X Concept, which has now become the Harrier. For instance, the placement of the LED DRLs which flank the slim grille, the prominent wheel arches and the sloping roofline. The interiors are equally funky and futuristic. The weird looking steering wheel, the closely installed foot pedals and the massive slab of glass which has two displays are all a bit too much to be feasible.
It seems Tata Motors wants to take a shot at a segment which hasn’t seen much traction. The sub-compact SUV category currently has products like the Ford Freestyle, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. Do you think Tata can ignite some fire in a segment which is yet to see some cut-throat competition?