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Tata Altroz premium hatchback re-imagined as a crossover coupe

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Tata Altroz is a hit for the homegrown manufacturer. It was their first attempt at a premium hatchback. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the premium hatchback was selling in decent numbers. However, in January 2021, the Altroz was able to clock its highest ever sales number of 7,378 units. But the premium hatchbacks are not really in demand as there is a new trend of SUVs. People like the road presence and the high seating position a SUV offers. One other thing is that Tata Motors currently does not have a mid-size SUV in its portfolio. Here is a render of the Tata Altroz that has been imagined as a Coupe SUV. The rendering has been done by Praveen C. John. While the SUVs are a more practical, a SUV with a coupe like design does look more attractive. However, the sloping roof design does robs away headroom for the rear occupants and the boot space. Many luxury brands are selling coupe SUVs like BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Porsche Cayenne Coupe etc.

We can see a bit of Altroz in the render. The render has also been inspired by Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design language. We can see the angular LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps. The headlamps neatly integrate with the mesh grille that houses the blacked-out Tata badge. There is also a humanity line that runs across the front width of the SUV. The bumper is also a lot more aggressive than the one that we have seen on the Altroz. It comes with a very wide air dam, front lip, side fins and triangular fog lamps. The bonnet is relatively short and gets bulges to emphasise on the aggressive stance of the SUV.

At the side, we get flared wheel arches and a lot of creases that pop out should pop out in sunlight. The artist has also given plastic cladding across the whole length of the SUV. The window belt line, roof and the outside rearview mirrors are finished in contrasting black, whereas the body and the door handles are painted  in Flame Copper colour. What also helps in enhancing the SUV stance are the 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels that have been blacked-out. We can see that the roofline does come down steeply for the rear occupants which might reduce the headroom for the rear occupants. Also, because of the sloping roof design the boot of the vehicle will be smaller than a regular SUV. Overall, the Coupe SUV design on the Altroz does look good.

As per the rumours Tata Motors is working on a mid-size SUV. It has been codenamed Blackbird. It is expected to get power from the same engine options as the Tata Nexon. So, there will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. However, Tata Motors might bump up the power and torque outputs for both the engines, considering that the Blackbird will be a bigger SUV than the Nexon. Currently, there is no official announcement from the manufacturer regarding the launch of the Blackbird. Tata Motors is currently working on a DCT version of the Tata Altroz and the Nexon. They are also testing the production-version of the HBX micro-SUV that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020.