Tata Motors has released a new teaser of the upcoming Altroz premium hatchback. The new teaser shows the dashboard of the car, which will be launched in India within a few weeks. The teaser also indicate that bookings for the Altroz are now open, which means that the launch is very close. The Tata Altroz will rival the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, Toyota Glanza and Hyundai Elite i20 in India’s premium hatchback segment. It’s likely to carry a sharp price tag, which is lesser than all these cars. The Altroz was first showcased as the 45X concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, and a near production version made it to the Geneva Motor Show of this year. The car will be Tata Motors’ first big attempt at cracking the premium hatchback segments, which accounts for over 20,000 monthly units in terms of sales, dominated mainly by the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.
As the teaser shows, the Altroz gets a touchscreen infotainment console that’s mounted on top of the dashboard with a floating design that’s similar to what is offered on the likes of the Tata Harrier and the Nexon. The premium hatchback also gets a digital instrument cluster – a feature that looks from a segment above. Finally, there’s the flat bottomed steering wheel that gives the car a sporty touch.
Expect the interiors of the Altroz to be loaded in terms of creature comforts. From soft touch plastics on the dashboard to a high-end stereo system and rear AC vents, the Altroz is likely to be the most luxurious offering in its segment. As for features, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, automatic climate control and cruise control are likely to be standard on the top-end trims. Both petrol and diesel engines are likely to be offered.
The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the Tata Nexon, in a detuned state is expected to be offered on the Altroz, which could also get a detuned version of the Nexon’s 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel motor. 6 speed manual gearboxes are likely to be standard with these engines and it’s not clear if there would be automatic gearboxes or AMTs offered right at launch. This said, an automatic gearbox is more or a less a certainty on the car if not at launch, in a few months down the line. The Tata Altroz will be the first car to use the automaker’s ALFA (Advanced Light Flexible Agile) architecture – a modular platform that will be offered on a range of upcoming Tata cars including the Hornbill (H2X) micro SUV. Tata Motors is also working on an all-electric version of the Altroz, which will be launched in 2020.