In recent years, Tata Motors has been churning out vehicles that have genuinely rivaled, and in some cases outperformed, the competition in their respective segments. With the rumored Tata Blackbird, they’re set to take the game to Hyundai’s Creta, one of the segment’s best sellers, with a blend of luxury and power reminiscent of a Range Rover.
- Current Updates: As of 28th March 2023, there have been no official confirmations on this buzzed-about SUV from Tata Motors. The car has been in the rumor mill as a potential rival to the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
- Background & Expectations: The discussions around Tata Blackbird commenced as early as 2018. With an anticipated price bracket of ₹ 11.00 Lakh – ₹ 15.00 Lakh, and an expected launch in October 2023, the anticipation continues to build.
- Engine and Transmission: Under the hood, the Tata Blackbird is said to offer two engine variants – a 1.5L turbocharged diesel and a 1.2L turbo petrol unit, promising both performance and efficiency.
- Pricing Details: While the exact price remains undisclosed, the tentative EMI for the Blackbird starts at Rs. 22.57 K at an interest rate of 8.5%.
- Areas of Improvement:
- The base model’s price could lean towards the expensive side when compared to competitors.
- Its engines might not offer the refinement levels of Kia or Hyundai’s machines.
- Absence of AWD or 4×4 at the outset, though enthusiasts remain hopeful for a future inclusion.
- Noteworthy Features:
- Expected to secure a 5-star safety rating.
- Availability of both turbo petrol and diesel variants.
- Assured solid build quality, aligning with Tata’s recent offerings.
- Company’s Strategy:Over the years, Tata Motors has consistently unveiled new models. Yet, there hasn’t been a formal declaration concerning the Blackbird’s launch. However, media speculations suggest Tata’s development of a Nexon-based Coupe Style model, potentially christened as the Tata Blackbird.
With its promised features and Tata’s established reputation for quality, the Blackbird, if it does come to fruition, could very well ruffle the feathers of established players in the SUV segment.