New Tata H5 SUV spied testing

A company backed by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is taking Andy Rubin's startup to court.


Of late, Tata Motors has been hitting the nail right on the head in India with every successive launch. With the Nexon, the domestic carmaker has come a long way in the premium vehicle space and plans to move the game ahead with a slew of new launches. One of the brand’s SUVs scheduled for an Auto Expo debut has been held on test. The Tata H5, spotted someplace on NICE road nearby Bengaluru, will go against the likes of Jeep Compass Firstly codenamed the Q501, the H5 borrows its L550 platform from the old Land Rover Discovery Sport and is also believed to take design inspiration from the same. There have been multiple sightings of the H5 in the past as well with a Discovery Sport body shell but now that the car has been camouflaged, we believe that the test mule is sporting the final production-spec design. Further, the 5-spoke alloy wheels seen on an earlier test mule have been painted in black which gave away its identity.

Based on Tata’s IMPACT Design 2.0, this 5-seater from Tata will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine. This motor is expected to make around 140 BHP of power and is currently seen on the Jeep Compass albeit in a more powerful 171 BHP tune that is reportedly reserved for the 7-seater variant codenamed the Q502. Apart from the standard 2WD variant, 4WD capability is also likely to be available. According to recent reports, the H5 will come as a replacement to the ageing Tata Safari and the Q502 will be a more premium vehicle positioned above it. The Tata H5, along with a number of other cars from the brand, will be revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo but its India launch is still some time away.