Tata Motors proudly showcased two of its slated-for-future production concepts – the Tata 45X hatchback and the H5X SUV. While both are slated for a 2019 launch in India, Tata Motors has been relentlessly carrying out tests on both the cars and many test specimens are visible on the road. The manufacturer is also carrying out high altitude tests as is evident from spy shots of the cars in Ladakh.
Cardekho has now spotted test mules of the 45X hatchback running around in Maharashtra. While the camouflage is too much to tell if it indeed is the same vehicle, the Pune temporary registration plates given an indication towards this being the Tata 45X hatchback. The general silhouette of the 45X hatchback was too much concept-ish as was evident at the Auto Expo 2018. The concept shown had an overall length of 4,253mm, a width of 1,850mm and a height of 1,451mm. It is likely that the production model will be a sub-4m car that will be looking at taking advantage of the government taxation rules which are a bit relaxed for these class of vehicles. Additionally, it will also sport a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine, both of which will be turbocharged. Expect them to make similar outputs like the Nexon SUV. Crucially, the 45X is expected to have an electric powertrain as well by 2021. The lack of air intake vents in the concept suggest this and Tata already has a big electrification program in place. The cabin of the Tata 45X will be modern and will feature a bigger version of the Harman touchscreen system that is in the Nexon. One can expect stellar audio playback from the unit too. Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay will finally be available together in a Tata car with the 45X. On the outside, expect LED headlights and tail lamps, 16-inch wheels and new colour options.
This is Tata’s first car which is not built on a legacy platform. This all-new Advanced Modular Platform based car will spawn many iterations including a sedan which will take on the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. Tata has been missing from this segment and it is just the right time to make a comeback too. While it is not yet clear, we believe Tata will also make a comeback in the small UV segment with the Sumo nameplate MUV built on this platform.