Tata Altroz premium hatchback: Maruti Baleno rival to be unveiled by year end

The Altroz premium hatchback is among the most eagerly awaited upcoming vehicles from Tata. The premium hatchback will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, and the Hyundai Elite i20 among others in its segment. It was displayed in a near-production ready form at the 2019 Geneva motor show and later it was revealed that Tata will launch the car by the end of 2019. However, the launch date was then postponed as Tata planned to launch the Altroz with BSVI compliant engines. Now the latest report suggests that Tata will unveil the car in its production version this year itself.

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According to a report by Autocar Professional, Tata will unveil the production-spec Tata Altroz in the first week of December 2019 ahead of its early 2020 launch. The official launch, however, will happen most probably sometime in January before the 20th of the month. That is because Tata had earlier announced that the Altroz will be the official lead car of the Mumbai Marathon, which is scheduled to take place on 19th January.

Talking about the Altroz, the premium hatchback is built on Tata’s new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Architecture) which will also be used on several other future Tata vehicles. The design of the Altroz is on the lines of Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy which was also seen on the Harrier SUV. The car looks pretty modern and premium as well, something which will give an edge to the manufacturer in the segment.

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The interiors are likely to be finished in black and grey while the top-end variants would have a blue accent running across the centre console. Tata is likely to offer soft-touch plastics on the car so as to make the cabin a more premium place to be in. The instrument console will be an analogue-digital unit with the speedometer being an analogue unit and the tachometer being a digital unit. The steering wheel features the typical Tata design with audio controls on the left-hand side and cruise control on the right-hand side.

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As for the powertrains, it is expected that the Altroz will be offered with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine could be the 1.2-litre 3 cylinders turbocharged petrol engine from the Nexon, albeit in a lower state of tune so as to offer better fuel economy. The diesel engine is likely to be the 1.5 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged motor from Nexon but again in a detuned state. Initially, Tata is likely to offer manual gearboxes with both engines with automatic options following later on. When launched, the Altroz is expected to be priced in the Rs. 5-8 lakhs range.