Maruti Baleno-rivaling Tata Altroz premium hatchback: Manual only approach likely at launch

Tata Altroz to be launched with only manual gearboxes: Automatics to come later

Tata has been working behind the curtains since some tie to revamp its model lineup along with launching several new models. The company has invested heavily in new platforms, powertrains as well as transmissions that will enable it to create world-class vehicles. The manufacturer has worked on the aesthetics front also and the new wave of its vehicles, including the Harrier, is quite good looking to say the least. The next vehicle to be launched by Tata in India is the Altroz premium hatchback which is expected to be here by the Diwali festive season. Now, a few sources suggest that Tata might not launch the Maruti Baleno challenger with an automatic transmission initially.

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Going by a forum post on Team-Bhp, Tata will launch the Altroz with only a manual box initially. While the same was being speculated since some time now, it still comes as a bit of shocker considering the competition the Altroz will face. The automatic box on the Altroz is said to be a 7-speed DCT unit that would have been a first in the segment.

The popularity of automatic gearbox equipped cars is going up sharply and therefore Tata’s decision of not launching the Altroz with an auto box seems to be a bit confusing. It could be that the 7-speed DCT unit might not be completely ready for production and hence the manufacturer is delaying its launch. The Harrier also currently comes with only a manual box, though a 6-speed torque converter will be introduced in the coming time. A few reports also suggest that Tata may only offer a diesel engine with the Altroz initially with a petrol option to be added later.

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To let you know, the Altroz will face a tough challenge from the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, and the Hyundai Elite i20 in the segment. All of these cars come with CVT type automatic transmissions which are available as an option on several trim levels. The upcoming new Honda Jazz, which will be launched here next year, will also feature an automatic transmission. It could be that Tata will introduce the DCT box in a few months, as is the case with the Mahindra XUV300 AMT that was launched recently.

Talking about the engine options on the Altroz, the exact engine that will power the all-new Altroz is not known but it is likely to be the 1.5-litre engine that is also available with the Tata Nexon. In the Nexon, it generates a maximum power of 108 Bhp and a peak torque of 260 Nm. In the Altroz, the power figures are expected to be revised. Going by speculations, Tata is expected to offer 92 Bhp – 201 Nm tune with the Altroz.