Tata Motors has big plans for the upcoming Auto Expo 2018 to be held in February and is ready to line up some brand new cars. We've been talking about the official unveiling of the new Tata SUV and a hatchback at the Auto Expo 2018. Internally called H5 and X451, the two have been teased already this month, but Tata Motors has now released new teaser images now, letting a bit more out about the new designs. One thing is pretty clear that Tata is undergoing a serious makeover, the beginning of which we saw in the Tata Tigor. The new designs are very fresh and unlike previous Tata designs we were used to seeing from the era of Tata Indica. What's even better is that Tata Tigor Sport is also in the works. It was also teased along with the new SUV and the hatchback.
While Tata's Safari SUV has been tremendously successful in India, the home-grown brand is now preparing to unveil its new concept SUV that will rival the Jeep Compass. Internally called H5, the new SUV has been spied testing in the country and is expected to come in five- and seven-seat layouts. The two versions of the H5 will be based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport's L550 platform, however, in terms of design, the two will be very different.
Tata Motors' new SUV is also likely to share engine options with FCA’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder MultiJet II diesel engine. However, there will be different states of tune for the two versions - 140hp for the five-seater and 170hp for the seven-seater. A four-wheel-drive trim is also expected to be made available.
Tata Motors' X451 hatchback will be the first Tata product to be built on the company's new AMP platform. The Tata X451 was, in fact, spied while on test in October last year and will go up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 when launched in India.
The test car was running on steel rims but expect the top variants to sport 15-inch alloy wheels with the diamond-cut finish as Tata Tigor petrol too has them. There is no information about the interior of the X451 but we expect it to share parts and design with the recently launched Nexon, with some more improvements.
In terms of powertrain, expect the X451 to be powered by the same engines powering the Nexon as they would complement the premium positioning of the vehicle. The original report by Autocar suggests that the diesel unit could be the 1,050 cc diesel engine from the Tiago but with more power.
Tata Tigor Sport will be a performance-oriented version of the subcompact sedan. It will come with new bumpers with sizeable ait intakes and red accents around the fog lamps. The Tigor Sport will also have projector headlamps with DRLs. The roof will be a contrast in a black finish. At the rear too, the bumper will have more sporty lines. The Sport version of the Tigor is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Nexon. The engine will put out about 100 bhp and the car will also get reworked suspension and brakes.