Tata Motors has been working on the Creta-rival SUV for some time now. Codenamed “Blackbird”. Initially, BlackBird was speculated to be a rebadged version of Chery Tiggo 5X; however, spied pictures revealed that it is different from Tiggo 5X. In-line with the new design language of Tata Motors, the Tata BlackBird SUV could be much better than the Creta and the Seltos too.
Tata BlackBird SUV will get a touchscreen infotainment system, prominent instrument cluster, and a meaty steering wheel and silver inserts expected from Tata Motors cars these days. There are no details available in terms of the dimensional configuration of the SUV but it can be safely assumed that Blackbird is going to slot between Nexon compact SUV and a full-fledged Hexa premium SUV. Given the fact that the upcoming SUV will be based on ALFA platform, it could stretch anywhere between 3.7 meters to 4.3 meters.
In terms of engine and transmission, Tata BlackBird SUV is get an all new 1.5-liter turbo petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engine from the Nexon SUV, albeit in a different state of tune. The output is likely to be around 120bhp and both motors will be complaint to BS-VI emission norms. The test mule of the SUV seems to get ready in prototype form as testing should begin by year end of 2020.
Tata BlackBird will be pitted against the likes of 2020 Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos among others. It will be interesting to witness how the customers’ will respond to this new offering from the house of Tata Motors. The segment is dominated by Hyundai Creta which has been the best-selling SUV in the category for many years now. However, with the recent design language, most customers don’t seem happy with the Creta and could jump to the Tata BlackBird bandwagon.