Maruti Baleno-challenging Tata Altroz spied testing ahead of launch

Tata showcased the Altroz premium hatchback for the first time at the Geneva Motor show held in March this year. The Altroz, along with its twin Altroz EV took the centre spot in Tata’s stands and garnered quite a bit of attention. Since then, the vehicle has been caught testing several times and has even been caught completely undisguised in nearly production ready mode. Ahead of its launch in the Diwali festive season this year, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno challenger has been spotted testing once again by CarToq reader Tejas Gupta. A big thanks to Tejas for sharing these images with us.

Tata Altroz Spyshot 2

To let you know, the Altroz will be the most expensive and luxurious hatchback from Tata’s stables yet.  It is built upon the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advance) platform which will also be found under several upcoming Tata cars like the Hornbill and the Blackbird. The car has been designed on the lines of Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and looks pretty stylish. The spy shots here give a rear three-quarter view of the car giving an idea about the tail lights alloy wheels and rear body profile. Look close enough and you’ll find that this car carries a red paint shade, which is one of the proposed shades of the Altroz.

Talking about its design, the Altroz will feature a regular set-up of main headlamps and fog lamps positioned right below the sleek headlamps. The front end looks quite aggressive and sober at the same time while the side profile gets a contrasting beltline which is somewhat similar to the design of the Tata Nexon. From the rear, the Altroz looks extremely good with a black enclosure around the tail lamps that connect both the LED tail lamps. Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno challenger looks great and has a head-turning design.

Tata Altroz Spyshot

Talking about its interiors, the Tata Altroz will come with a large floating-type infotainment screen similar to the Tata Nexon. The instrument console will be both digital and analogue and will carry all the required information about the car. It will get a 7-inch MID which will be similar to what is seen on the Tata Harrier.

Talking about the engine, a few reports suggest that Tata may only offer a diesel engine with the Altroz initially with a petrol option to be added later. 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.