Altroz will soon become the most premium Tata hatchback, it made its debut in a near-production form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
At last year’s Auto Expo, Tata Motors grabbed a lot of eye-balls with the tasty-looking 45X concept. More than a year down the line, the company unveiled the near-production version, the Tata Altroz, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. By July, the Pune-based carmaker will officially launch its new Toyota Glanza, Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 rival in India.
The Tata Altroz has already been seen testing in several parts of the country. The production Tata Altroz will look close to the pre-production prototype that was displayed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The Tata Altroz will be the first-ever model that will be built upon the company’s ALFA modular architecture. Also, it will be the second vehicle to be designed as per the company’s IMPACT 2.0 theme. It may be noted here that the Tata Harrier is the first vehicle to be designed as per this language.
The interior of the Tata Altroz should have several class-leading features, including
ambient lighting, 7-inch floating-type touchscreen infotainment unit, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, and multiple driving modes. As has been the case with every Tata vehicle, the cabin should be sufficiently spacious and offer a high comfort level.
It is said that the Tata Altroz will launch with three engine options. The most affordable variant will be powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that will be good for 85 hp and 114 Nm. The hatchback will even get the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motors from the Nexon, which will be slightly detuned and will be paired with
5-speed manual transmissions.
The Tata Altroz can be viewed as a successor of the Tata Bolt, which could never sell well in spite of being a pretty well-sorted offering. A reason for this was the company’s ‘taxi-maker’ image that was courtesy of the popularity of the Tata Indica among the fleet-owners.
Now, however, the Tiago has been largely appreciated by the private car buyers, while the launch of models like the Harrier has given the company a new identity. Hence, there are good chances that the Tata Altroz would be able to offer stiff competition to the likes of Toyota Glanza, Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.