Tata Motors has entered the micro SUV segment with the new Punch. The bookings for the micro SUV are now open. However, Tata will reveal the prices on 20th October. The homegrown manufacturer has also released a new TVC for the Punch. The video is uploaded on Tata’s YouTube channel.
The video shows us all the different angles of the Punch. It also shows many features with which the Punch will come equipped. We also get a look at the interiors of the new car. There are also some shots of the new micro SUV going through coastal roads and streams. It also shows how the Traction Pro mode works. In the video, the Punch also goes through some urban roads.
Engine and gearbox
Tata Motors is offering the Punch with only a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine. The engine produces 86 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. You can get it with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. There is no diesel or turbo petrol engine on offer. However, the naturally aspirated petrol engine does come with two drive modes, namely Eco and City. If you opt for the AMT gearbox then you also get the Traction Pro mode.
Prices and Rivals
The Punch is expected to start from somewhere around Rs. 5 lakhs ex-showroom. According to the leaked information, the on-road prices of the micro SUV can start from around Rs. 6 lakhs and go up to Rs. 10 lakhs. Punch’s main rivals will be Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT. However, because of the pricing, the Punch will also go against some of the lower variants of Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite and the upcoming Citroen C3.
Variants and Packs
Tata Motors is offering Punch in 5 variants. It is Pure, Adventure, Accomplished, and Creative. Pure is the base variant and Creative is the top-end variant. Then there are various packs that you can get with the variants. You can get a Rhythm pack with the Pure and Adventure variant. The Dazzle pack is offered with the Accomplished variant and finally, there is the iRA pack that is offered only with the Creative variant.
Platform and Safety
Tata is using the ALFA platform for the Punch. It is the same platform that they used on the Altroz premium hatchback. So, we expect Punch to offer a good safety rating in the Global NCAP crash testing as Altroz scored a 5-star rating. The platform also allows a rear flat floor and 90-degree opening doors.
The design of the Punch is based on IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. It looks like a mini version of the Harrier. Punch comes with a split headlamp, rugged-looking bumper, flat bonnet, diamond-cut alloy wheels, the rear door handles placed on C-pillar and LED tail lamps.
Punch comes with a long list of features. You can get it with automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, digital instrument cluster, flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, push-button to start/stop, cooled glovebox, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Harman sourced speaker system and much more.