Tata Motors recently unveiled the Punch which is the production version of the HBX Concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Tata Motors said that the production version will be 95 percent close to the concept and that seems to be true. Well, an artist has already rendered the Dark Edition of the Punch ahead of its official launch.
The render is done by SRK Designs and the video is uploaded on their YouTube channel. The artist has only rendered the front of the new hatchback. Tata has not yet announced the Dark Edition of the Punch officially.
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From the render, we can see that the artist has used the Atlas Black exterior paint colour and it does look quite nice and stealthy than the regular Punch. As of now, Tata has only unveiled the Punch in one colour which is blue with the outside rearview mirrors and the roof finished in white. So, it is a dual-tone paint scheme.
Punch has a lot of design elements derived from the Tata Harrier and the Nexon. Up-front we get a split headlamp setup. So, the LED Daytime Running Lamp and the turn indicators are placed beside the grille and the headlamp itself is positioned in the bumper.
The headlamps use a halogen projector setup as LED setup would have increased the cost. The lower half of the bumper is black in colour. This helps in not only decreasing the cost but also giving the Punch a rugged look. The fog lamps are also placed in the lower half of the bumper.
To the side, we have squared-off wheel arches with plastic cladding all around that give it a muscular look. There is a striking set of alloy wheels that look really nice. The Punch has a good ground clearance and a flat bonnet which gives it an SUV look.
The rear door handle is mounted on the C-pillar. This gives a three-door look to the Punch. We have already seen this type of design on vehicles like Tata Altroz and Marut Suzuki Swift. This door handle does look quite nice and different.
The Punch is based on ALFA or Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture platform that also underpins the Altroz premium hatchback and Altroz scored 5 stars in the crash test. So, we can expect Punch to also perform well in the crash tests.
The dimensions of the Punch should be very close to the HBX Concept. So, expect it to measure 3,840mm in length, 1,822mm in width and 1,635mm in height. The wheelbase should measure around 2,450 mm. Due to this, the Punch would be larger than its competitors. It would be competing against the Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the upcoming Hyundai AX1 or Casper.
Punch would be offered in two petrol engine options. Both would have a displacement of 1.2-litres and the engines will be shared with the Altroz. The naturally aspirated engine would produce 86 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. The power output of the turbocharged engine is not known yet. Transmission options would be a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AMT.
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