Tata Teases new concept ahead of unveiling at Geneva Motor Show 2018
Tata took the Auto Expo 2018 by storm when it revealed the H5X SUV and the 45X concepts. Shortly after, the company revealed a short video highlighting the kind of cars we can expect from its two new platforms – the Alfa and Omega – in the near future. Today, however, Tata confirmed that it will be unveiling its next big concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018. Though the image released by the carmaker shows too little and given that it has already showcased an SUV and a premium hatch based on the new platforms, we believe the upcoming concept is likely to be a sedan. The new concept could accompany the H5X and the 45X at Geneva to give global audiences a glimpse of Tata’s upcoming SUV, hatchback and sedan. If the concept does turn out be a sedan, it could form the basis for the car that competes with the Honda City, a segment Tata has been eyeing for years. The concept will be based on the Alfa, or the AMP platform, that also underpinned the 45X concept and is likely to be as long as the City, or possibly even longer.
Tata has taken it upon itself to break conventions and the company will be looking at its new Impact 2.0 design language to turn this vision into a reality. In an exclusive conversation with Pratap Bose, the design head at Tata Motors, pointed out that the platform will give Tata’s cars segment-leading wheelbases to lend them some serious road presence. And based on what we saw at the Expo, we don’t doubt these statements one bit. Expect the concept’s design to lay heavy emphasis on Tata’s critical design elements like the Humanity Line, Diamond DLO (Daylight Opening) and Slingshot Line to set the sedan apart from the rest of the field. Don’t be surprised if Tata breaks away from the conventional sedan mould by going for a more coupé-like roofline or a sportback-style sedan like the Tigor, albeit with more radical lines. But all said and done, expect the sedan to retain Tata’s quintessential trait – cabin space.
The sedan is likely to be powered by Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq petrol and diesel engines mated to manual and automatic transmissions. It’s a little too early to draw any noteworthy conclusions, but one thing is for certain, Tata will be looking to form sub-segments of its own with each new product, and the upcoming concept, if a sedan, will give us a glimpse into how the Impact 2.0 story develops.