In weeks from now, Tata Motors will launch the Altroz premium hatchback in the Indian market. The Altroz will be based on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP), which will form the basis for many more monocoque bodied cars from Tata Motors. If Tata decides to build a C-Segment sedan based on the Altroz, here’s what it could look like.
The speculative render from IAB shows a sedan with a high boot, similar to what the Tata Manza used to look like. The rising windowline does give the Altroz sedan a sporty appearance, and if Tata manages to offer the Nexon’s turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, in similar states of tune, with the sedan, the car may just be an attractive rival to the likes of the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. However, the chances of this happening is quite slim as Tata Motors has indicated that a compact SUV based on the AMP architecture is what it’ll build next.
The compact SUV, codenamed the Blackbird is likely to be launched sometime in 2021. It’s expected to share the turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with the Altroz, and will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos in the compact SUV space. The new compact SUV will complete Tata Motors range of monocoque bodied SUVs: Hornbill for the micro SUV segment, Nexon sitting in the sub-4 meter space, the Blackbird sold in the compact SUV space, the Harrier in the mid-sized segment and the Gravitas in the 7 seat, full sized SUV segment.
Tata Motors has a slew of cars lined up for the Indian market in 2020. The launch blitz will commence with the Altroz, due to arrive on the 22nd of January, 2020. The Nexon Electric, which was just showcased a couple of days ago, is also slated for a launch in 2020. In between, Tata Motors will launch the 7 seat version of the Harrier, known as the Gravitas. The Auto Expo 2020 in February will be the big ticket event that’ll see the Gravitas’ launch.
Expect to see the Hornbill micro SUV concept at the Auto Expo. The production version of the Tata Hornbill is likely to be introduced by the end of 2020. Tata Motors will also facelift the Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan next year. Both cars are also expected to get electrified. The current crop of Tata cars save for the Safari Storme and Hexa will get Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant early next year. A diesel automatic Harrier is also on the cards.