SCOOP! Tata developing Creta-sized ‘Blackbird’ SUV

There’s no different approach to put it – Tata Motors has been on a product offensive of late. Coming off the launch of the hotly-anticipated Harrier, the corporate has lined up 4 world unveils for its 21st Geneva motor present outing – together with its production-ready premium hatchback, the Tata Altroz. Nevertheless, even because it pulls the covers off of 4 new automobiles, we are able to now verify the carmaker is already engaged on one more SUV – one that can fill the ultimate hole in Tata Motors’ SUV line-up.

Internally generally known as ‘Blackbird’, this new Tata SUV is designed to slot in between the Nexon and Harrier. The Nexon is a correct sub-four-metre providing, and the Harrier is a four.5-metre-long, full-size SUV. There’s an unlimited hole between the 2 when it comes to dimension in addition to value – the Nexon is priced between Rs 6.36-10.80 lakh, whereas the Harrier prices Rs 12.69-16.25 lakh (all costs, ex-showroom). Tata Motors has recognized this hole, and can fill it with the Blackbird SUV.

Initially, Tata Motors needed to decide between making a brand new sedan that might rival the Honda Metropolis, or a brand new SUV. Unsurprisingly, the ever-growing demand for SUVs swung the choice in favour of the latter possibility.  At first, Tata deliberate to construct this new SUV (then codenamed H4) on the Harrier’s Land Rover-derived Omega platform, however that wasn’t possible – from each a technical in addition to a price standpoint. Now, Tata has renamed the mission ‘Blackbird’, and the SUV will as an alternative be constructed on the corporate’s Alfa small automotive platform, which will likely be prolonged and stretched considerably for the Blackbird.

Anticipated to measure in at four.2 metres in size (or about the identical dimension because the Hyundai Creta), the Tata Blackbird would be the first product on the Alfa platform to be greater than 4 metres in size. Engine choices for the Blackbird aren’t but identified, however it’s doubtless to make use of a extra highly effective model of the Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine making round 120hp, together with an upgraded model of the Nexon’s 1.5-litre diesel engine. Additionally price noting is the truth that Tata Motors desires to skip hybrids and go down the EV route, and an all-electric model of the Blackbird SUV is also on the playing cards.

Count on the Blackbird to have a daring however distinctive look, formed by Tata design chief Pratap Bose and his workforce, in addition to a reasonably high-tech inside replete with a big touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster and a protracted options listing. When it’s launched someday in 2021, the Blackbird will full Tata’s SUV line-up, which, by then, will comprise the Hornbill micro-SUV, the Nexon, the Harrier and the seven-seat H7X. The Tata Blackbird SUV could have competitors not solely within the Hyundai Creta, but additionally within the type of Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming SUV, which is due in 2020.

What do you assume may Tata do to make the Blackbird irresistible in comparison with rivals such because the Hyundai Creta? Tell us within the feedback.

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