Tata X451 or Aquilla could get 114 PS turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine from Tiago JTP
Tata Motors is all pumped to officially introduce the Harrier premium SUV in the Indian market on January 23. Harrier is the first vehicle based on the Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and is also the maiden Tata to sit on the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform that is derived from the Land Rover’s popular D8 architecture.
The Harrier five-seater heralds the next step into the brand’s Turnaround 2.0 strategy as Tata focusses on addressing 90 percent of the volume segments. The SUV will be accompanied by a premium hatchback, which is expected to launch in the second half of this year to compete mainly against Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. It could carry production name Aquilla.
Drawing plenty of design inspiration from the 45X concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, the premium hatchback codenamed X451 has been spotted running trials several times over the last one year. We revealed interior pictures of the X451 with dashboard comprising of floating touchscreen infotainment system mounted above the central AC vents and looks similar to the Harrier.
The powertrain options in the X451 remain a mystery, however, as it is rumoured to feature uprated versions of 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel units found in the Tiago with manual and AMT or dual clutch automatic transmission choices. Another speculation suggested that the X451 could use a mild hybrid system and won’t come equipped with an oil-burner due to the decrease in popularity of the fuel option.
The X451 may also get the turbocharged version of the regular 1.2-litre petrol engine found in the Tiago and Tigor JTP models. It could be introduced on the JTP variant of the X451 to rival Baleno RS and Polo GT. In the Tiago and Tigor JTP versions, the most affordable performance-spec models in India, the engine produces 114 PS at 5,000 rpm and 150 Nm of peak torque delivered at 2,000-4,000 rpm.
It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The power and torque outputs could be further increased in the X451 JTP to have an edge over its rivals with a sporty interior. It could get tuned suspension and electric power steering for enhanced handling characteristics and may see upgrades such as performance-based air intake, improved fuel map setting, valve timing and exhaust.