Tata Motors’ next big launch for the Indian market is the Altroz premium hatchback, whose near-production version was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show of 2019. Tata Motors will launch the Altroz during the middle of 2019, just as the festive season in India commences. The car will be a challenger to the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz. Meanwhile, it has been spied without camouflage at Pune, ahead of its India launch. Here’s the spyshot.
Spyshot courtesy Supercharged
The car’s spyshot is from Tata Motors’ factory in Pune. What’s not known though is whether serial production of the Altroz has already begun. Notably, the Altroz will be built at Tata Motors’ Pimpri factory, alongside the Harrier and Buzzard. The coming days will give us more indications on whether production of the Altroz has actually commenced. For now though, we’ll give you a lowdown on what to expect from Tata most expensive hatchback, which will also be the largest one that the automaker has built for the Indian market.
Talking size, the Tata Altroz will measure just short of 4 meters in length, and is expected to be quite spacious on the inside – a tradition that Tata Motors has followed on almost every car it has ever launched. The interiors of the car will be quite contemporary, and expect a high level of fit and finish. Premium touches on the interiors are also expected as the Altroz will be positioned as a premium hatchback. There will be plenty of creature comforts and a touchscreen infotainment system dominating the dashboard.
Under the hood, the Tata Altroz is expected to get turbocharged petrol and diesel engines borrowed from the Nexon compact SUV. On the Altroz though, the petrol engine is likely to be detuned. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol motor is expected to output 110 Bhp-150 Nm while the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel is expected to make about 110 Bhp-250 Nm. 6 speed manual gearboxes will be standard. There’s talk of a twin clutch AMT option as well, but there’s no clear indication of this.
The Altroz is based on the ALFA platform, which Tata Motors will use for a range of passenger cars in future. The Altroz will be the first car to use this platform, which will also support electric cars. Tata Motors showcased an all electric version of the Altroz at Geneva, and the car will make its debut in the Indian market sometime next year. Expect the production version of the Tata Altroz Electric to be showcased at the Indian Auto Expo.