Tata is working on launching the Punch micro-SUV in the Indian market. It is expected to launch around the festive season. Tata Motors has revealed the exteriors of the new micro-SUV already. Here, is another teaser by Tata Motors that emphasizes the ruggedness of the upcoming Punch.
The video starts by showing the rear tail lamp design of the Punch. It has the tri-arrow element in it which Tata is using in every vehicle nowadays. Punch is finished in a dual-tone paint scheme in the video. The body colour is blue while the roof and the wing mirrors are finished in white colour.
Then we get a look at the split headlamp design of the Punch. It looks like a mini version of the Harrier. The upper strip is an LED Daytime Running Lamp and it should also double up as a turn signal. The headlamp housing has a projector setup. Tata will not offer the projector headlamp on the lower variants. Also, we do not expect Punch to be offered with an LED setup instead there are high chances that it will come equipped with halogens.
There are some new alloy wheels that we can see in the video and there is a thick plastic cladding over the wheel arches and the door panels. The cladding and the black front bumper with a flat bonnet add toughness to the design of the Punch. In the video, the Punch also rides on an off-road patch but that does not mean that Tata Motors will be offering the vehicle with an all-wheel-drive or 4×4 system. Punch will only be offered as a front-wheel-drive vehicle. What Tata is emphasizing is the high ground clearance of the micro-SUV.
We first saw the design of the Punch on H2X Concept which slowly evolved into HBX Concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The HBX Concept gathered a lot of attention at the Auto Expo 2020. Tata Motors did say that they will be able to keep 95 percent of the design elements of the HBX Concept and when the Punch was first revealed we could see that they have delivered on their promise.
Engine and gearbox
Tata Motors is expected to offer the Punch with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. It is the same engine that we have experienced on Altroz, Tiago and Tigor. The engine produces 86 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT.
There is also a slight possibility that Tata offers a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Altroz and Nexon. In Altroz, this engine puts out 110 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 140 Nm. However, Tata might detune the engine to boost up the fuel efficiency. It will come only with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Tata Punch is based on the ALFA platform that stands for Agile Light Flexible Advanced. We have already seen this platform on the Altroz and it scored 5 stars in the GNCAP crash test. So, we are expecting Punch to do quite well in the crash tests too. Punch also uses the IMPACT 2.0 design language which we all have loved.