Tata 45X (Maruti Baleno rival) premium hatchback launching sooner than expected

Tata 45X, which was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo has already started testing on the Indian roads and has been spotted multiple times on the roads. The 45X will be the first premium hatchback from the brand in the Indian market and it will take on the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.

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Tata was expected to launch the production version of the 45X later this year. The launch was expected to happen by the end of 2019 but it has now surfaced that Tata will launch the 45X in the Indian market much before that. In fact, Guenter Butschek has said that the all-new premium hatchback will be launched in the next six months.

Now, this comment puts the launch of the Tata 45X somewhere in July or August just before the start of the festive season. The festive season sees a spike in the sales every year and it would be an ideal time for Tata to launch the car in the market.

The production version of the 45X is expected to look similar to the concept version, just like all the new-age Tata vehicles including the Harrier. It will get a sleek body and aggressive design language. The premium hatchback could ride on 16-inch alloy wheels. The production version of the 45X would become the first vehicle on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) in the market and the same platform will underpin a lot of upcoming cars in the Indian market.

The spy pictures of the interiors also reveal a lot of details. The Tata 45X is expected to get a premium looking cabin and it will get the similar floating-type infotainment system that is becoming common in the modern Tata vehicles. The instrument cluster will be heavily inspired by the Harrier and will get a similar digital-analogue set-up. The instrument cluster of the 45X is much more squarish than the Harrier but the layout is very similar.

Tata has not revealed much about the engine or the powertrain of the upcoming 45X but it may get a mild-hybrid system, which will be a segment-first feature. Many other segment-first features are expected in the 45X too including engine modes and dual clutch transmission. This should give the new Tata hatchback enough ammunition to take on the Maruti Baleno.

The 45X is expected to be powered by the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine that also powers the Tata Nexon in the Indian market. The 1.2-litre petrol engine can be naturally aspirated too, just like the Tiago. But Tata will revise the power output to ensure that the premium hatchback does not feel underpowered. It’ll remain to be seen if the 45X is more powerful than the best selling Maruti Baleno.

Tata will put a very attractive price tag on the 45X, which will make it quite popular in the market. The all-new Tata H7X SUV, which is a 7-seater version of the Harrier is also expected to be launched later this year.