Tata Motors’ X451 Render; To challenge Maruti Baleno & Hyundai Elite i20 premium hatchback cars

Tata Motors is all set to unveil a premium hatchback at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Codenamed the X451, this car will take on the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. Over the past few days, Tata’s been putting out teasers of the new hatchback. Based on the latest teasers, here’s CarToq’s render of Tata’s newest.

As the render indicates, the X451 will be longer than Tata’s current crop of hatchbacks. It’ll also be sharply styled, and will feature Tata’s Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The headlamps show a swept back design that’s much in vogue currently while the typical Tata smiling face grille continues to be retained. Overall, the design looks quite sharp, and should make the X451 liked by all, much like what the Tiago managed.

Notably, the X451 will be the first Tata car to use the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) architecture, which will underpin most of the automaker’s new cars going forward. The premium hatchback will however, dip into Tata’s existing parts bin for most of the mechanicals.

For instance, both the petrol and diesel engines will be borrowed from the Tiago, but with power and torque bump ups. Tata’s likely to use a variable geometry turbocharger to boost outputs. Expect about 100 Bhp of peak from both the engines, and good torque outputs as well.

Gearbox options haven’t been revealed yet. Other key bits on the new car are likely to be totally revised interiors, deriving inspiration from the Nexon. Different driving modes such as City, Economy and Sport are likely to be offered as standard across variants.

Also, twin airbags and ABS are key safety features likely to be standard across all variants. Tata is expected to price the X451 very competitively, undercutting both the Baleno and the i20 Elite. We expect Tata to do a Tiago with the price tag of the X451. Don’t be surprised to see a sub-5 lakh rupee starting price for the car.