Tata Motors is testing the turbo petrol engined variant of the Altroz premium hatchback, which was recently launched in India with two engine options. Spyshots have surfaced. The third engine option for this car, borrowed from the Tata Nexon Petrol, is expected to be added in the second half of this year. While there was talk about Tata Motors launching a JTP badged Altroz, the Jayem Tata Special Vehicle (JSTV) division is said to be on the verge of shutting down.
So, Tata motors is likely to launch a regular, turbo petrol version of the Altroz rather than the JTP branded one. While the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that the Altroz will get makes 118 Bhp-170 Nm on the Tata Nexon BS6, it’s likely to see detuning for the Altroz, which is a lot lighter than the compact SUV.
The Tata Altroz Turbo Petrol trim is expected to get 100 Bhp-150 Nm outputs, and the lower outputs could boost fuel efficiency by quite a bit. Tata Motors is also said to be working on a twin clutch automatic gearbox for the Altroz. It remains to be seen if the new gearbox is offered with the turbo petrol trim of the car.
Currently, the Altroz is sold with two engine options: a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated unit with 84 Bhp-115 Nm on tap, and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 100 Bhp-200 Nm outputs. Both engines get 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard. The Altroz rivals the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz premium hatchbacks in the Indian market.
Tata Motors’ first premium hatchback, the Altroz sits on the ALFA platform, which will soon be used for a brand new micro SUV called the Hornbill HBX, whose production version is expected to debut by the end of this year. The Hornbill will bee a sub-4 meter offering that will sit below the Nexon in terms of price and positioning. The Hornbill is expected to share its engines and gearboxes with the Altroz but could be a petrol-only offering given the fact that BS6 norms have made small capacity diesels quite pricey. In fact, Tata Motors has now discontinued the 1.1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that it used to offer on smaller cars such as the Tiago and Tigor. In future, expect the turbo petrol engines to replace small diesels especially on smaller cars primarily aimed at city car buyers. High ground clearance, butch SUV styling and an affordable price tag will be the three major selling points of the Hornbill.