Tata Motors readying a Baleno killer

According to a report by Overdrive, Tata Motors is working on six all-new vehicles for the market. But the most interesting one is going to be a premium hatchback — one that will be positioned against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.

Tata Motors readying a Baleno killer

Codenamed X451, the hatchback will be based on AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) but isn’t a redesigned Vista or Bolt. It’s reported to be made from scratch, and will feature a new look outside, a premium interior, and possibly new engines, too.

Tata Motors readying a Baleno killer

On the outside, as shown by the artist’s rendition, it will have sleek headlamps, a well-proportioned silhouette, and more aggressive styling up front. On the inside, things like a stick-out infotainment unit, rear AC vents, and a multi-layered layout will be present.

Engine details are scarce at the moment, but the 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol from the Bolt and Tata’s upcoming 1.5-liter diesel engine (for the Nexon) are possible choices.

The report further continues that a sedan based on the X451 will also be made. It will sit above the Zest, and will effectively be the replacement to the Indigo/Manza range. Other four products include two new MUVs and two SUVs. The latter will be made using Land Rover’s help and the Freelander 2’s platform.

It’s too soon to discuss the launch dates considering Tata has the Hexa, the Kite 5 compact sedan, and the Nexon compact SUV lined up. The publication mentions that the six new products will come somewhere between 2017 and 2020.

Exciting times ahead.

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