Tata Motors is all set to unveil the new Punch micro-compact SUV in flesh on 4th October. The new Tata Punch has been teased a few times now through a series of short videos and images on Tata Motors’ social media handles. The unveiling of the Tata Punch on 4th October will unfold more of its details, including variant lineup, features and powertrain options. The bookings for the new micro-SUV will commence from the day of unveiling only, with the official launch expected to happen somewhere in the middle of October.
2021 Tata Punch: Expected exterior design
Going by the official images and videos of the Tata Punch revealed on social media, the micro-SUV looks almost like the HBX concept displayed at the Auto Expo 2020. It seeks heavy inspiration from the other two SUVs from Tata Motors’ lineup – Nexon and Harrier.
The Tata Punch comes with a split design for its headlamp, with the upper one housing the dual functioning daytime running LEDs and the lower one getting the main headlight with a projector unit for the same. The Punch gets heavy body cladding all around and the options of dual-tone paint schemes. Other major design highlights of the Tata Punch on the outside are machined alloy wheels and small LED tail lamps.
2021 Tata Punch: Expected details of the cabin
The Tata Punch retains the squared design for the AC vents, flat bottom multi-functional flat-bottom steering wheel and part-digital instrument console from the HBX concept. The dashboard gets an off-white finish for its central layer, while the AC vents will be getting colour-coded surrounds. Other main features of the cabin include keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control.
2021 Tata Punch: Expected engine lineup
The mainstay of the entire lineup of Tata Punch is supposed to be the 1.2-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine from the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz. The engine, in all likelihood, will have power and torque outputs of 86 bhp and 113 Nm respectively. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be the standard transmission option, though, in later stages, the Punch might come with an optional 5-speed AMT gearbox as well. The possibility of inclusion of turbo-petrol variants in future cannot be neglected too.
2021 Tata Punch: Expected positioning and competition
The Tata Punch will be positioned between the Tiago NRG and Nexon in Tata Motors’ lineup. The micro-SUV will be taking on the Maruti Suzuki Ignis as well as naturally aspirated variants of Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.