Tata recently discontinued the JTP powered Tiago and Tigor. The hot hatchback and sedan were discontinued after the BS6 norms were implemented. However, Tata is now working a more powerful version of the Tata Altroz and it has been spotted testing on the roads. The Altroz, which was launched earlier this year will soon get the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which will make it the most powerful hatchback in the segment. Even more powerful than the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.
Tata showcased the Geneva Edition of the Altroz with the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and ever since the market has been waiting for the arrival of the more powerful version of the hatchback. Tata currently offers a naturally-aspirated petrol engine and a turbocharged diesel engine with the Altroz. However, the new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol will be a massive step-up from these two engine options that are available right now. The pictures are from Autonaut FB page.
The turbocharged petrol engine is also available with the Nexon but it will be detuned to suit the lower weight of the Altroz. It will generate a maximum power of 110 PS, which is 25 PS more than the current 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine that generates a maximum of 85 PS. The torque output of the new engine is not known yet but is likely to be around 140 Nm. For reference, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets a 1.2-litre NA petrol engine that generates a maximum of 85 PS and peak torque of 115 Nm. There is a more powerful DualJet variant that offers a maximum of 90 PS and peak torque of 113 Nm. The Hyundai Elite i20 petrol gets a 1.2-litre engine too and it generates a maximum power of 83 PS and peak torque of 115 Nm.
Tata is yet to confirm anything on the upcoming Altroz Turbo but there is the possibility that the manufacturer will launch the new variant of the Altroz with a dual-clutch manual transmission. Currently, none of the variants offers an automatic transmission, which is something that every other car in the segment offers.
The new upcoming Altroz Turbo will not get many changes to the exterior. It will, however, offer new exterior shades since the test car that was caught on camera was in a blue colour, which is not available with the model at the moment. The hatchback will be available in a single top-end variant.