Tata Altroz premium hatchback: A new Maruti Baleno rival is here

Tata has unveiled the all-new Altroz, which is the production version of the 45X Concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in India. The all-new Altroz will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 in the Indian market. It will be launched later this year in the market. Here are the first official pictures of the Altroz that gives the best view of the vehicle.

Altroz 1

The Tata Altroz gets a futuristic design and gets the latest IMPACT design 2.0 philosophy. It gets a sleek grille and the elongated headlamps form the extended part of the grille itself. There is a chrome stripe underlining the grille and the headlamp while a black stripe can be seen on the top of it. It gets big foglamps with integrated DRLs. It gives a unique look to the Altroz. On the side, it all-new Altroz gets sophisticated looking machined 5-spoke alloy wheels.

Altroz 2

From the side, the Tata Altroz looks very modern and sophisticated too. It gets a black insert through the window line, which is upswept in design and adds a very aggressive look to the car. There is no chrome on the side, however, thick black inserts can be seen surrounding the window line of the Altroz. There are deep creases around the window frame but the overall design of the Altroz remains clean.

Altroz 4

The rear of the Tata Altroz will remind you of the Harrier. The split LED tail lamps look very aggressive and are housed in a black stripe that connects both the lamps. It also gets a roof-mounted spoiler and the rear windscreen is quite raked, which gives it a very sharp look. The version unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show gets a black roof and black mirrors too but we are not sure if the production version will get all these visual additions.

Altroz 3

On the inside, the Altroz looks inspired by the Tata Tiago. It gets highlighted HVAC vents, which are painted in the body colour of the car. In the middle, there is a floating-type infotainment screen, which gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The dashboard looks clean and we can only see a few buttons for the climate control and the infotainment system. It gets soft-touch material that adds a premium feel to the vehicle. The steering wheel gets buttons that can be used to control the infotainment system and the instrument cluster too.

The instrument cluster is not visible in the picture but it is inspired by the Tata Harrier’s instrument cluster. It gets a semi-digital instrument cluster just like the Harrier but the shape of the instrument cluster is slightly different in the Harrier. We can also spot the engine start/stop button placed on the side of the steering wheel. The picture also shows fabric seat covers.

Tata has not officially revealed the engine details of the Tata Altroz but it is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that also powers the Tiago. The diesel variants will get the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that powers the Nexon. There is a possibility that Tata will also offer the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the Altroz, which is also available with the Nexon. We can expect Tata to offer an automatic transmission with the Altroz too. We will bring you more information as we get it.

The upcoming Altroz is expected be launched by the end of this year and will be priced much lower than the compeition like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno in the market. This has always been the strategy of Tata in the Indian market and it will continue to use the same strategy in the future too.

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