Tata 45X premium hatchback will be based on new Alpha platform and it might come with a mild-hybrid system to improve efficiency
Tata Motors is one of the fastest growing manufactures in the country as the new generation models are bringing good numbers and they are currently working on a couple of new products in which one of them is a new premium hatchback, it will be the production version of 45X concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in Delhi.
The company is extensively testing the premium hatchback across the country and the latest spy shots have come from Pune with heavy camouflage to hide details. This particular prototype doesn’t come with production headlamps and tail lamps as it has dummy lights, which indicate that it is one of the earlier test mules.
The design of 45X hatchback will be based on Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, which will debut with the new Harrier next year. The company has given swept back headlamps and the grille is small with a black finish like most of the modern hatchbacks. The production model will come with 8-spoke 16-inch wheels on top end models.
The door handle for rear door is not visible in the test mule and the company might have taken the route of Swift. The rear get wrap-around LED tail lamp and the tailgate design took some inspirations from the Tiago hatchback. The company has given a new design for the bumper with reflectors integrated into it.
The 45X premium hatchback will be based on a new Alpha modular platform and some reports have indicated that a sedan model will be introduced after 45X. We can expect good space for front and rear passengers. The interior is expected to get a similar layout as Harrier and it will be packed with lots of features.
The quality of materials to be par among with rivals. The engine lineup includes a 1.2 L turbocharged petrol engine and 1.5 L diesel engine from Nexon. But the company might add a mild-hybrid system to improve efficiency and the gearbox options include both manual and AMT. Tata Motors will officially launch 45X by the middle of 2019 in India.