Pune-based Tata Motors is gearing up to launch the Altroz premium hatchback in India. The near-production version of the car was shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and the premium hatchback will rival the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Toyota Glanza and the Hyundai Elite i20. In typical Tata style, the Altroz is likely to get sharp pricing, possibly undercutting the likes of the Baleno and Elite i20. Tata Motors has already set up a website for the car, and has just released three new teasers that show a bunch of new details. Check them out.
As the teasers indicate, the Tata Altroz will get conventional turn indicators that will sit on the fenders rather than the wing mirrors. The door handles of the rear door will be located on the window rill, similar to how they’re mounted on the new Maruti Swift. The alloy wheel design is also seen in the Altroz. The headlamps of the new car have also been partially revealed in the car.
The car will be offered with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the Nexon is likely to be offered on the Altroz, but the motor is likely to be detuned for better fuel efficiency. A peak power of about 90 Bhp is likely to be offered on the new engine. The diesel engine is likely to be the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged motor, again borrowed from the Nexon, and in detuned guise. Initially, Tata is likely to offer manual gearboxes with both engines of the Altroz. In due course of time, automatic options will also be offered on the car.
The Altroz will be the first premium hatchback from Tata Motors, and is likely to get plush interiors, a long list of features and plenty of space on the inside. Safety features such as twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts, seat belt reminders and ISOFIX child seat mounting points are likely to be offered on the car. Higher variants could possibly get six airbags, a reverse parking camera and a few other safety features. The Altroz is just weeks away from launch, and bookings for the same are expected to be open soon. It’ll be positioned as a volumes puller for the brand, and Tata Motors will be hoping that it sells at least 4,000-5,000 units each month. The Tata Cassini (a 7 seat SUV based on the Harrier) will be launched by the end of this year.