The Altroz Turbo has been one of the most awaited launches from Tata Motors. The homegrown manufacturer will finally be launching the more powerful version of the premium hatchback on January 13. Tata Motors has just launched the TVC for the Turbo variant of the Altroz. There is not much information in the TVC, it just says ‘Turbocharge into 2021’. However, we do get a look at the new Marina Blue paint scheme that will be exclusive to the Altroz Turbo. We can also see that Tata will be offering dual-tone paint options with the Altroz Turbo. The one in the TVC gets a black roof with the Marina Blue body colour. Tata Motors have uploaded the video on their YouTube channel.
The Altroz was the third best selling premium hatchback in the Indian market. It was behind the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20. Even after being a first premium hatchback from Tata, Altroz has received a very good response from the market. The biggest gripe that some of the people had with the Altroz was that its petrol engine felt a bit under-powered. As the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produced 86 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It seems like Tata Motors knew this and was already working on a turbocharged petrol engine for the Altroz. They have borrowed the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Nexon and detuned it to suit the Altroz’s needs. The engine will be producing 110 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 140 Nm in the Altroz Turbo. It will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
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Cosmetically there will be no differences except that there will be a ‘Turbo’ badging and some exclusive paint schemes. It is still not known if there will be any changes to the cabin of the Altroz or not. Turbocharged engines are the new norm in the automotive industry. Many manufacturers are now offering a second more powerful engine with their cars. Tata Altroz Turbo will be competing with the Toyota Glanza, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz and the Hyundai i20. Only two of these competitors offer a turbo-petrol engine. The first is the Hyundai i20 that comes with a 1.0-litre direct-injection, turbocharged petrol engine that produces 120 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 172 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed intelligent manual gearbox which is a clutchless manual transmission or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic gearbox. Whereas the Volkswagen Polo TSI is offered with a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 110 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Yes, the power output of Altroz Turbo might feel a bit less when compared to the competition, but the Altroz also weighs less than them. Tata will also be launching the Altroz Turbo with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic transmission, which will further attract a lot of people because as of now Altroz is not available with an automatic gearbox. This will be the first time that Tata Motors will be using a Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox. The Altroz starts from Rs. 5.44 lakhs ex-showroom and we expect the Altroz Turbo to start from Rs. 8 lakhs ex-showroom because it will only be offered with the top two variants. If Tata Motors prices the Altroz Turbo at this price, it will be undercut other rivals that offer a turbo petrol engine.