Tata Motors to step up their EV game with concept HBX and Sierra

Published On : 07 March 2020
By Tarashekhar Padhy

Tata Motors decided to make their electric dominance felt in the 2020 market, showing off concept HBX, Sierra EV, and Altroz EV. The micro-SUV concept HBX was the show-stopper alongside the electrified Altroz prototype at the Tata pavilion. At the outset, HBX is about are going to be offered with a petrol-powered option, a top company confirmed. Altroz, the premium hatchback, which splashed into the market earlier in January, is additionally likely to achieve the electrical format by the top of 2020.

"We showcased H2X in Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. That was the littlest vehicle we could neutralize our alpha architecture. We have worked on the H2X platform to furnish the HBX, which has reached the near production-ready form. The compact SUV is going to be placed at the sub-Nexon segment on launch. We wanted to possess SUVs of each size and each price. On one side of the spectrum is HBX, the other side of the spectrum is Gravitas. The HBX is made of the new ALFA-ARC platform, therefore the electric version cannot be ruled out," said Pratap Bose, vice chairman global design, Tata Motors. Tata Motors came up with the ALFA-ARC based platform with all-new Altroz, which comes with multi-power unit options for prospective customers. The HBX borrows an equivalent platform, boosting a rugged look because of knobby tires, status clearance, and bold front profile. In the market, HBX will combat the likes of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Renault Kwid.

After the launch of Nexon EV, Tata Motors is starting to invest in additional electric vehicles across all of the auto-segments. At the Auto Expo 2020, a prototype concept of BS-VI compliant Altroz EV with similar design and features was also presented at the Tata's dome. The Altroz EV may share the Nexon EV's 30.2 kWh battery pack, offering 300 kilometers of range against a single charge. Tata Motors also demonstrated Sierra EV Concept at the Expo. Boasting upmarket interiors, the Sierra featured futurist built with sliding second-row doors.

"Creating a product out of concept may be a huge business call. However, the initial response at the Auto Expo from the electrical vehicle concepts is extremely positive. The HBX may get an electrical alternative also," Vivek Srivatsa, marketing head, passenger vehicle, Tata Motors, said.