Tata Motors is working on a new crossover SUV that will be introduced as a head-on rival against the Hyundai Creta. As a result, this new model will bridge the gap between the Nexon and Harrier in Tata’s SUV portfolio. Though the automaker has remained tight lipped about the said product, reports suggest that this upcoming SUV from Tata Motors will be called the Blackbird. However, we believe this will be an internal codename and the final production-spec model will get a different moniker.
It is worth noting that Tata Motors has been on a launch spree in the recent past. The company is currently in a phase of transformation, which started with the launch of the Tiago hatchback. Post that, the manufacturer has introduced successful products like the Tigor, Nexon, Hexa and the Harrier. There are a significant number of products in the pipeline as well, including the Altroz premium hatchback, Hornbill micro SUV, and a 7-seater iteration of the Harrier. Add the Blackbird to this list, and Tata Motors manages to have a portfolio that can give tough competition to market leaders like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.
Not much is known about the specifics of the Tata Blackbird yet as the project still seems to be in its initial phases. However, we do know that the SUV will be based on the Alfa platform that underpins the Altroz premium hatchback. It will measure around 4.2 metre in length, which will make it roughly the same size as that of the Hyundai Creta.
Under its hood, the Tata Blackbird SUV is likely to get more powerful versions of the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines found in the Nexon. There will be both manual and automatic gearbox options to choose from. There is also a possibility of an all-electric version of the Tata Hornbill to be launched a couple of years down the line.
(Source – Autocar India)
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