Tata Motors is reinventing itself in terms of its car design and feel, the beginning of which we saw in the Tata Tigor. It is indeed very unlike other Tata designs we'd been used to seeing over the years. And now, Tata is working on a brand new hatchback and an SUV, internally called X451 and H5, respectively. The homegrown brand has released some teaser images giving a few glimpses of what we can expect from the X451 and H5, which will be unveiled during the Auto Expo 2018. The teaser images do highlight the fact that the two new vehicles will have a fresh new design language - Impact Design 2.0.
While Tata X451 will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20, the H5 SUV will go up against the Jeep Compass. The 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.
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.
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.