Tata Motors is all set to launch its first premium hatchback in the Indian car market in the form of the Altroz, on the 22nd of January, 2020. The Altroz will be the first major launch from Tata Motors next year, and the rest of the year will see a slew of cars including the Gravitas 7 seat SUV, the BS6 version of the Harrier which will also have an automatic trim, and the facelifted Nexon and Tiago. The Altroz will take on the likes of the Maruti Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz.
Built on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP), the Altroz shares many of its parts with other Tata cars such as the Tiago and Nexon. For instance, the petrol engine on the Altroz is the same 1.2 liter-3 cylinder unit that powers the Tiago and Tigor. this motor makes 86 Bhp-113 Nm on the Altroz, ans also gets multi-drive modes. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard on the petrol powered Altroz, which will get a more powerful turbo petrol engine sometime later next next year. The turbo petrol engine will also be a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder unit borrowed from the Tiago JTP. Expect the motor to make 112 Bhp-150 Nm, and will make the Altroz one of the most powerful cars in its class. It remains to be seen if Tata Motors also tweaks the suspension of the turbo petrol engined Altroz, in order to give it better handling and road grip. Meanwhile, do check out our first drive review of the car here.
Coming to the other engine on offer with the Altroz, the Nexon’s 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel has been detuned to 89 Bhp-200 Nm on the premium hatchback. This engine gets a 5 speed gearbox, which again is different from the Nexon’s 6 speed unit. The major selling point of the diesel Altroz is that the peak torque of 200 Nm is available right from 1,250 rpm, which makes it an excellent car to drive both on city streets, and on the highway. The diesel powered Altroz is likely to be significantly pricier than the petrol version given the fact that it comes with additional emission control equipment to meet the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms. There’s talk of Tata Motors offering a dual clutch automatic gearbox with the Altroz, but this gearbox is at least a year away. Expect it to be offered only in late 2020 or early 2021. Tata Motors is also working on an electric version of the Altroz, which is expected to be launched sometime in 2021.