With so many hot supercars and concepts on the 2018 Geneva Motor Show floor, it’s easy to ignore the more mundane automobiles or vehicles from lesser known automakers. But, if you join this year’s event, make sure you stop by the Tata Motors booth because the Indian carmaker has three interesting concepts on display. One of them is the H5X, a brand-new crossover concept that will inspire Tata’s upcoming people haulers.
Just like the E-Vision, a good-looking and very promising sedan, the H5X employs the company’s Impact 2.0 design language, which will trickle down in all of Tata’s vehicles in the near future. Common features are quite obvious, starting with the very slim headlamps up front and the solid, glossy grille. Around the sides, we can see pronounced character lines and massive wheel arches housing big wheels. But, it sports unique features of its own, like the three-piece foglamps, the split D-pillar that gives a floating roof effect, and conventional door handles.
Much like the sedan, the H5X’s rear end is highlighted by thin and long taillights, while the lower fascia feels massive and muscular. Of course, not all of these styling features will make it into production, but I have to hand it to Tata for creating such an appealing design.
The interior looks equally interesting and sports all the high-tech you’d expect to find in a modern car. There’s a digital instrument cluster and a big infotainment screen flanked by wood veneer above and below. There isn’t much info about what tech it will feature, but Tata says it will get “intelligently designed plush interiors, future-ready connectivity, and infotainment.”
More interesting bits come from the drivetrain department, as the H5X is Tata’s first vehicle built on the new Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture. Beyond the long and pompous name. These underpinnings were actually developed in cooperation with Jaguar Land Rover and are derived from the Land Rover D8 platform, used in the Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and even the Jaguar E-Pace. No word on drivetrains yet, although Tata Motors mentions “diesel” under “fuel type” in the very short spec list available.
Local media says that the lower-spec version of the H5X will go against the Hyundai Creta (ix25), while the more expensive cars will compete against the Jeep Compass. The diesel engine is rumored to be a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter unit. The future of this SUV in Europe is unknown, but Tata is probably working on a strategy for the Old Continent as we speak.
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