The best selling Maruti Baleno premium hatchback will get new competition from Tata Motors. In the festive season of 2019, which is essentially the last four months of the year, Tata Motors will launch the 45X code-named premium hatchback in India. The 45X was showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, and the car did get rave reviews for its sharp looks and classy, minimalist interiors. The 45X is expected to be a value priced alternative to cars, such as the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai i20 Elite. It will be based on Tata Motors’ new Advanced Modular Platform (AMP), which is now known as Alfa.
The 45X is expected to borrow its petrol and turbocharged diesel engines from the Tata Nexon. What this means is, the petrol motor will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit, capable of putting out about 108 Bhp-170 Nm. The diesel engine will be a 1.5-litre unit with 108 Bhp-260 Nm on tap. These numbers will make the Tata 45X one of the most powerful premium hatchbacks in the country. Six-speed manual gearboxes are likely to be standard. While there’s been some talk about Tata Motors developing a twin clutch automatic gearbox based on the automated manual transmission technology, we’re not sure if this car will get the new gearbox at launch.
Notably, the car will also get a new name, with the 45X code-name making way for a different moniker on the production model. The Tata 45X is expected to be loaded with features, and much of the styling seen on the concept version is likely to translate into production. The car will measure under 4 meters in length to fit into India’s compact car regulations. What this means is that the larger dimensions of the concept version will be whittled down suitably on the production model. Test mules of the car have been on the roads for many months now. Expect a cracker of a price tag for this car at launch.