Tata Q501 / H5 spied with production bodywork


Tata Motors is set to reveal its new SUV (codenamed: Q501 / H5) at the 2018 Auto Expo. Recently, images of an early development prototype had surfaced online. However, the latest set of spy images have revealed more details of upcoming Q501 / H5 SUV.

The Tata H5 will be based on the L550 platform that is shared with the Land Rover Discovery Sport. That said, reports suggest that Tata engineers have swapped expensive aluminium parts with steel to keep costs down. It will be offered in 5-seat and 7-seat configurations. The exterior styling is based on Tata's new design language called 'Impact Design 2.0'. Spy images suggest that the front end gets a new mesh grille with the Tata logo in the centre, while a set of arrow shaped lights extend from the grille. The bumper appears to house an additional set of lights that include fog lamps and the test mule has auxiliary lights mounted on the front.

The H5 test mule has flared wheel arches filled with 19-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels finished in black and large ORVMs with integrated turn signals. It has a steeply raked windshield while the roofline gently slopes towards the rear. Also, the A, B and C-pillars appear to have been blacked-out. On the inside, the H5 is likely to get a 3-spoke steering wheel and a floating touchscreen infotainment system. A rotary drive mode selector can also be seen in one of the spy images and the gear knob appears to have chrome trim.

According to media reports, the new SUV will be offered with Fiat's 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder Multijet diesel engine. The 5-seater (H5) is believed to get a 140 BHP unit while the larger 7-seat version could get a 180 BHP state of tune. A 6-speed manual is likely to be offered as standard, but it has been reported that the H5 might also get a ZF 9-speed automatic option. The SUV is expected to use Tata's own 4WD system. The Q501 / H5 will have an all-independent suspension setup similar to the Discovery Sport.

The Tata H5 is rumoured to be launched by the end of 2018.

Source: Autocar India

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