Tata Motors is currently working on expanding its portfolio so that it can attract more people in the Indian market. They are currently working on vehicles of many segments. There are small hatchbacks to big flagship SUVs. Their vehicles have always offered value for money. However, the biggest selling point for Tata Motors has been the safety equipment that is on offer. Even their small cars such as Tiago comes with a lot of safety equipment and have proved their build quality several times. Tata will be launching 7 cars throughout 2021 and today we list them.
Tata Tiago is one of the best small hatchbacks that you can buy in our country. With the JTP version now discontinued, there is no fun little hatchback in Tata’s portfolio. There have been some spied images of the camouflaged Tiago that might come with a turbocharged petrol engine. It will be the same engine that will be used on the Altroz Turbo. So, the engine will produce 110 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 140 Nm. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. We don’t know what all cosmetic updates will the Tiago Turbo get over the standard Tiago. The launch date of the Tiago Turbo is not yet revealed. However, what we can assume is that it will cost more than the standard Tiago which costs Rs. 4.70 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Tigor is currently the only sedan in Tata Motors portfolio. Tata used to offer the JTP version of the Tigor also. However, that also discontinued. Recently, a test mule of the Tigor was spied that was camouflaged. It is expected that Tata Motors will be bringing a turbocharged engine for the Tigor. The 1.2-litre turbocharged engine will be producing the same power output as the Tiago Turbo which is 110 PS and a peak torque of 140 Nm. Because of the camouflage, we do not know what differences the sedan will carry. We still do not know when the Tigor Turbo will be launching but it will be priced more than the standard Tigor which starts from Rs. 5.39 ex-showroom.
The Altroz is the first premium hatchback from the homegrown manufacturer. It has received a very good response from the market. However, some people did felt that it was underpowered. Due to which Tata decided to equip the Nexon’s 1.2-litre unit in the Altroz and call it the iTurbo variant. However, the engine is detuned to produce 110 PS and 140 Nm instead of 120 PS and 170 Nm like it produces with the Nexon. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Altroz iTurbo will be launching on 13the January. It is expected to start from Rs. 9 lakhs ex-showroom.
Many people have been waiting for an automatic transmission with the Altroz. Fortunately, Tata will be offering a wet clutch unit for better performance as dry clutch units usually suffer glitches in the Indian environment. The DCT is just 22 kgs heavier than the manual gearbox and will be offered only with the new upcoming iTurbo variant. The Altroz DCT will finally be able to compete with the Hyundai i20 DCT, Maruti Suzuki Baleno CVT, Toyota Glanza CVT and the Honda Jazz CVT.
Tata Safari is returning on 26th January. The homegrown manufacturer changed the name of the Gravitas, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Before that, it was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. The Safari is based on the Harrier. However, it is longer and taller. To be precise the Safari will be 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier. This has been done to accommodate the third row of seats. It will be powered by the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. The new SUV will be around Rs. 1 lakh more expensive than the Harrier which starts from Rs. 13.84 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Altroz EV was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show and then at the Auto Expo 2020. The design of the EV version is largely the same as its ICE version. But it does get some blue highlights instead of chrome one to emphasise the electric powertrain. It also gets a different more sporty bumper. The hatchback will be based on Tata’s ALFA platform. Currently, Tata has not disclosed the specifications of the Altroz EV. There is a chance that the Altroz might be the first premium hatchback that will be offered as an electric vehicle. We still do not know when the EV will be launching. Also, it will have no competition in the Indian market.
Tata HBX was showcased in its concept form at the Auto Expo 2020 and it was one of the most hyped vehicles there. The production-spec will be 80 percent close to the HBX Concept. The HBX production-spec will be classified as more of a micro-SUV. It will get a split headlamp design. So, there will be a light strip and the main halogen headlamp will sit in the lower half of the front. It will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that we have seen on the Tiago, Tigor and the Altroz. The engine is capable of producing 86 PS and peak torque output of 113 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. Tata Hornbill or HBX will be competing against the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and the upcoming Hyundai AX1. It is expected to start from around Rs. 4 lakhs ex-showroom.