Our resident Sharp Shooter Arya Borhade does not seem to take rest it seems, he is back once again and this time he has spotted the Tata X451 test mule. Tata Motors is all all set to launch their much anticipated Harrier in January 2019 and the X451 is their next big thing that’s getting ready.
The Tata X451 hatchback was unveiled as a concept at the 2018 Auto Expo along with the H5X concept which later become the Harrier. This is the 2nd car model to sport Tata Motors Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The X451 is based on Tata Motors AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) which would be Tata Motors platform for its small cars for the future. The X451 is designed and developed at (TMETC) Tata Motors European Technical Center based in Coventry, UK.
The Tata X451 will be the large premium hatchback will be in the B2 hatchback segment and will rival the likes of the Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz etc and will be placed above the Tata Tiago in its lineup.
The X451 test mule spotted by Arya was heavily camouflaged with make-do dummy headlights and tail lights mounted on the body only for test purpose. The overall design does resemble the Tiago but seems much larger in dimensions with much longer wheelbase. Sharp wraparound headlights are nicely camouflaged but can be madeout. The side profile flaunts the large raked windshield. Also evident is the rear door handle that is placed on the C-pillar like the New Swift a trend started by the Chevrolet Beat initially.
The cabin space seems fairly largish and also a huge boot area seen considering the distance between the tailgate and the rear door. Engine options powering the Tata X451 could be the 1.2L 3-cylinder Petrol engine that also powers the Tiago, the 2nd engine option could be the Nexons turbocharged version that is the same engine but with a turbocharger. For diesel options the car could get the Tiagos 1.05L 3-cylinder oil burner in a different state of tune. Transmission options would be a 5-speed manual for Petrol and a 6-speed unit for the Diesel version. We could also see the AMT transmission from the Nexon and also a DCT automatic transmission option at a later stage for this the premium hatchback from Tata Motors. Tata Motors will also offer its latest infotainment system on the X451 which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Watch this space for more news on the Tata X451.