Tata Motors H5X SUV 7 seat version will launch in 2020
Tata Motors will launch the 5-seat version of the H5X SUV early next year as an upscale competitor to the Hyundai Creta. The SUV will be based on the Land Rover LS550 platform, with sufficient localization to keep prices under a check. What Tata has also revealed is that the platform will host another SUV, which is larger than the H5X, and which will have 7 seats compared to the H5X’s 5. Here is a speculative render that shows what the 7 seat Tata SUV could look like.
The new SUV will be launched at least a year after the launch of the H5X. It will also have more power and torque on tap despite using the same engine as the H5X. On the 7 seat SUV, the Fiat-sourced 2-liter, Multijet turbocharged diesel engine will make 170 Bhp-350 Nm. This will be considerably more than the 140 Bhp-320 Nm of the 5-seater H5X. However, gearboxes are expected to be the same – a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed torque converter automatic.
Like the H5X, the new 7-seat SUV is expected to be offered with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive layouts. It will be Tata Motors’ most expensive SUV but with a base price lower than the Rs. 20 lakh mark. Tata Motors loves to play the value card on all its vehicles and the 7-seat SUV is expected to be no different in this aspect. Interiors and many features of the new SUV are likely to be shared with the H5X. This parts sharing will give Tata Motors volumes of scale, and allow it to price the new 7-seat SUV competitively. Whether the new 7 seat SUV will replace the Safari Storme is something we have to wait and watch for. For now, it appears that the new SUV is an ideal replacement for the Safari Storme, which will be 8 years old in 2020, and ripe for a full model change.