Tata Altroz could get 114 PS turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine from Tiago JTP, Launch around July this year
Tata Motors officially introduced 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 Altroz, which is expected to launch in the second half of this year to compete mainly against Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.
Drawing plenty of design inspiration from the 45X concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, the Altroz premium hatchback unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month along with H2X and Altroz EV concept. Altroz’s dashboard comprising of floating touchscreen infotainment system mounted above the central AC vents and looks similar to the Harrier.
The powertrain options in the Altroz remain a mystery, however, as it is rumoured to feature uprated versions of 1.2-litre Revotron petrol found in the Tiago with manual and AMT or dual-clutch automatic transmission choices. Another speculation suggested that the Altroz 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 Altroz 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 Altroz 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 Altroz 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.