Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors has confirmed that company is all set to debut the production version of its premium hatchback 45X in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. It will be called the Altroz, and Tata Motors has even registered the name as a trademark. First unveiled as a concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, the premium hatchback is likely to make its way to India by November this year.
The Tata 45X was first showcased at the Auto Expo in India last year along with the H5X concept on which the recently launched Tata harrier was based on. After showcasing it in India it was also showcased in previous year’s Geneva Motor show. The production version of the car – known as the Altroz is just days away from an official reveal.
Talking to ETAuto about the upcoming launch, Mayank Pareek, president, passenger vehicle business unit, Tata Motors said,
We are going to launch it after six-seven months, in quarter second.
While there were many speculations about the name of the upcoming hatchback, Tata Motors recently released a teaser that states that the name is a six letter word starting with the alphabet ‘A’. The popular names surfacing on the internet are Aquila and Altroz, and now that Tata has trademarked the name Altroz, it’s very likely to be used on the new car. Tata is likely to go with the Altroz name as the Aquila name has already been used by Hyosung on one of their motorcycles. So it is unlikely that Tata would go with Aquila.
The Tata Altroz premium hatchback will be based on the Advanced Modular Platform, which Tata Motors now calls Alpha. This platform, which will underpin many new Tata cars in future is the automaker’s take on Volkswagen MQB platform. the production version of the Altroz premium hatchback is also expected to look very similar to the concept version. It has been spotted testing many times in India.
The production version of the Tata Altroz is expected to share its engines with the Tata Tiago. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be shared, but will produce more power and torque on the 45X. We expect the 1.2 liter petrol engine to be offered with a turbocharger, while the 1.1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is expected to get a variable geometry turbocharger in order to boost outputs.
While manual gearbox options will be standard on both engines, a twin clutch automated manual transmission is also likely to be offered. When launched, the Tata 45X will compete with the cars like Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 Elite in the segment. The price of this upcoming Tata hatchback is likely to be between Rs 5-9 lakh. Tata will also showcase an electric variant of Altroz, the Hornbill Micro SUV and the H7X SUV in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.