Tata Motors will officially unveil the Altroz premium hatchback on the 3rd of December, 2020, during the media drives of this car. The Altroz will be officially launched in January 2020, as Tata Motors’ first premium hatchback that will rival the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. More details, including the variants on offer, will be revealed on the 3rd, following which bookings will commence on the 4th of December. The car’s brochures will also begin reaching dealerships over the next week or so. Production has already begun.
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The car will be based on the ALFA platform, which will make its debut on the Altroz and eventually will form the basis of a range of Tata cars including a compact sedan and the Hornbill micro SUV. The Altroz will be built with a high amount of localization, and is likely to dip into the part bins of the Tiago and Nexon in order to keep costs low. We expect a cracker of a price tag for the car, which could well undercut the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, to emerge as the best priced premium hatchback of India. The Baleno and Elite i20 have been dominating the premium hatchback space for years.
For now, little is officially known about the engines and gearboxes that will be offered on the Altroz. However, going by the grapevine, the premium hatchback is expected to pack in three engine options: a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor with 84 Bhp-115 Nm borrowed from the Tiago, a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine borrowed from the Nexon, and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine again borrowed from the Nexon. 6 speed manual gearboxes could be standard on the turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and AMTs could be offered as an option with both these engines.
The 1.2 liter naturally aspirated motor is expected to be offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox, on the entry-level budget variants of the car. Like most recent Tata cars, the Altroz is likely to pack in a touchscreen infotainment interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Harman stereo with 6 or more speakers for a rich audio experience, twin airbags and ABS as standard, kick down mode and hill hold on the AMT trims, reverse parking sensors, a reverse parking camera with guide-lines, cruise control and wireless charging. The Altroz will be built at Tata Motors’ Pimpri factory, off Pune.