Tata Motors recently unveiled the most powerful version of its premium hatchback – the Altroz. Called the Altroz iTurbo, the car is powered by a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine borrowed from the Tata Nexon compact SUV. Bookings for the new premium hatchback are open in Tata dealerships across India. The price announcement will happen on the 22nd of January, 2021, followed by customer deliveries. Meanwhile, here’s a TVC that shows the Altroz iTurbo in action.
The Altroz iTurbo’s 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine makes 110 PS of peak power and 140 Nm of peak torque, which is a big step above the 83 PS-115 Nm outputs that the naturally aspirated petrol engine of the car puts out. There’s a 5 speed manual gearbox offered with the turbo petrol engine, and in due course of time, Tata Motors is likely to offer a twin clutch automatic gearbox with this motor. The Altroz DCT has been spied testing multiple times, and the launch of the twin clutch automatic gearbox equipped variant is likely to happen sometime later this year.
For now though, the Altroz will continue to be a manual-gearbox equipped hatchbacks across its engine-line up. Talking of which, the car gets two other engines apart from the turbo petrol unit. There’s a naturally aspirated 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol (83 PS-115 Nm) and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel (90 PS-200 Nm). Both engines get 5 speed manual transmissions as standard.
Notably, the Altroz is one of the two premium hatchbacks in India to still be available with a diesel engine. The other car is the recently launched 3rd generation Hyundai i20. The diesel powered Altroz is known for its excellent driveability. The diesel powered version of the car is aimed at those who seek great fuel efficiency, and clock large monthly distances.
Coming back to the Altroz iTurbo, the car offers a slew of segment leading featured such as a voice recognition software called iRA, which even understands Hinglish. Other key new features on the turbo petrol hatchback include extra tweeters for a richer sound experience from the Harman stereo, multiple drive modes including a sports mode, a wearable key, XPress cool feature that boosts cabin cooling, a new harbour blue paint scheme and finally, dual tone interiors that are a lot more cheerier than the all-black interiors of the lower Altroz trims.
Safety is one of the Altroz’s biggest selling points, and the car is the only hatchback in India to secure a five star Global NCAP rating right at the outset. The sturdy build is supplemented by twin airbags, ABS+EBD, reverse parking sensors, cruise control, reverse parking camera, speed alerts and a seatbelt reminder system.
Competition for the Altroz iTurbo will come chiefly from best-selling cars such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the newly-launched new Hyundai i20. Other rivals include the Volkswagen Polo GT and the smooth and comfortable Honda Jazz. Tata Motors’ traditional strength has been pricing, and we expect a sharp price tag for the Altroz iTurbo as well. Over to the official launch now.