Tata Motors has been quite busy this year developing new models and launching a few. The manufacturer’s next launch for the Indian market will be the Altroz, a premium hatchback that will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, and the Toyota Glanza when launched. The car was first unveiled during the Geneva Motor show earlier this year and has been spotted testing multiple times ever since then. However, now an image posted by a Team-Bhp member shows an Altroz that is likely to be the final production version of the hatchback. Also featured here are the latest spyshots of the Altroz, courtesy PowerDrift.
According to the Team-Bhp member, this image was clicked while the Altroz was being used for an advertisement shoot in Minsk, Belarus. A lot of Tata’s new models are being developed with international expertise and the Altroz is among them. To let you know, Tata also has several international centres including a design centre in Turin, Italy and the Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), which is a UK-based R&D centre. Therefore, it is quite likely that this Altroz is the final production version and is being used for the initial TVCs that will be released before and after its launch.
Needless to say, the car looks quite stylish and will be a refreshing entry in the premium hatchback segment when launched. Compared to the model shown at the Geneva Motor Show, this one carries a few design changes, though we don’t have any complaints if this is how the Altroz turns out to be. The alloy wheel design is typically Tata and matches the one seen on the Indian test mules. The front end features the same split headlamp design while the sporty shape of the vehicle further enhances its appeal. The images below show the latest test mules that were caught testing in India.
The test mule is heavily camouflaged but a few comparisons with the TVC vehicle above will reveal that both look pretty same. There are a few minor alterations like the alloy wheel colour but that could be a difference between the top and mid variants. Coming to the engine options that the Altroz will come with, Tata is expected to offer it with a turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine could be the 1.2-litre 3 cylinders turbocharged petrol engine from the Nexon but in a lower state of tune so as to offer better fuel economy.
The diesel engine is likely to be a detuned 1.5 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged motor from Nexon Initially, Tata is likely to offer manual gearboxes with both engines with automatic options following later on. As for the launch date of the Altroz, that is expected to happen before the 20th of January in all probability.