Tata Motors is all set to launch two new cars in January 2021. The Altroz turbo petrol premium hatchback will be the first launch, and is expected in the first half of January while the Gravitas is expected to roll in during the second half of the month. While the Altroz is an addition to the existing range, the Gravitas will be an all-new product. The Altroz will take on premium hatchbacks such as the Maruti Baleno, the Honda Jazz and the recently launched Hyundai i20 while the Gravitas will take on the likes of the upcoming SUVs such as the facelifted MG Hector 7 seater and the all-new Mahindra XUV500.
The Altroz turbo petrol premium hatchback will be powered by a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that also does duty on the Nexon compact SUV. On the Altroz turbo petrol, this engine is likely to make about 108 Bhp of peak power and 140 Nm of peak torque, which is lower than the Nexon’s 120 Bhp-170 Nm outputs. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox could be offered on the Altroz Turbo Petrol as an option while a 6 speed manual gearbox is expected to be standard on the car.
The Altroz recently became Tata Motors’ best selling car model, and the upcoming turbo petrol and automatic variants are likely to push sales further, bolstering Tata Motors’ aim to sell 40,000 cars each month. The Altroz is a well-built hatchback with a 5 star Global NCAP safety rating. It currently offers a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 84 Bhp-115 Nm, and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 89 Bhp-200 Nm. Both engines get 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard. The car’s design is quite futuristic and is a big head-turner on Indian roads.
Coming to the Gravitas, it’s a 6 seat version of the Harrier, but with a different top hat. On the Gravitas, the roof has been heightened, to make the cabin more plush. The Gravitas will seat six in three rows of seats. It will share its mechanicals with the Harrier. The 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine that makes 170 Bhp-350 Nm will power the Gravitas, and this engine will be offered with two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic. The Gravitas – like the Harrier – will be front wheel driven, and Tata Motors has no plans to offer an all wheel drive layout on the SUV.
The Gravitas will be the flagship SUV in Tata Motors range, and is aimed at pushing up combined sales. Currently, the Tata Harrier is doing about 1,500 monthly units. With the addition of the Gravitas, Tata Motors will be hoping to push up numbers to about 2,500 units. This could push the harrier and Gravitas above the MG Hector-Hector Plus in sales numbers. The Gravitas will borrow much of the feature-set from the Harrier, and a few other features will be added to the SUV. In terms of pricing, it’s likely to be a lakh pricier than the Harrier, variant to variant.