Seen below is the first-ever picture that gives us a glimpse of the interior of the production-spec Tata 45x. While the image we have here doesn’t reveal the interior completely, it offers a fair idea of what the upcoming premium hatchback’s dashboard could look like. It may be noted here that Tata showcased its upcoming Maruti Baleno-rival in its concept form at the Auto Expo 2018.
As seen in the above spy image, the dashboard of the upcoming Tata 45x premium hatchback carries a pretty large floating-type touchscreen unit above its centre stash. What we also know is that the cabin will be designed as per the company’s Impact Design 2.0 design language. Also, Tata Motors has already revealed that the upcoming hatchback will offer best-in-segment human-machine interface screens. It’s quite probable that this touchscreen interface for the infotainment unit will be bigger than what the Maruti Baleno or the Hyundai i20 offers.
While engine specifications aren’t available at the moment, the production-spec Tata 45x is likely to borrow its petrol and turbocharged diesel engines from the Nexon sub-4-meter compact SUV. This means that the 45x will offer a 1.2-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 108 bhp along with a peak torque of 170 Nm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, will offer a maximum power of 108 bhp along with a peak torque of 260 Nm. Such performance figures should help the car become the most powerful model in the premium hatchback segment. The engines will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The car is also likely to offer optional AMTs for both the engine variants. There’s also some talk about Tata Motors working on a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Quite obviously, the upcoming premium hatchback from Tata Motors won’t be known by its current name. 45x is just the company’s code-name for the concept version of its upcoming hatchback. The production-spec 45x will measure roughly 4-meters in length, which will allow it to benefit from a lower excise duty. Going by the company’s aggressive pricing strategy for its recent models, the upcoming Maruti Baleno-rival from Tata Motors should be priced quite competitively.
Via Autocar India