After launching the Nexon sub 4-meter compact SUV in India, Tata Motors is now working a new car. Tata is developing a premium hatchback to take on the likes of Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 in India. The car will be the first to be made on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) and has been codenamed X451.
Tata has invested an estimated 2,500 crore on the new platform and it will become the backbone platform of the brand in future. The new Tata X451 test vehicle has been caught and from the pictures, it seems that the vehicle is still in its early development stages. The car gets temporary headlamps mounted on the bonnet while the body itself is heavily camouflaged.
However, the housing for the headlamps can be seen and it can be predicted that the headlamps will be swept back. The car also gets makeshift tail lamps, which indicates that Tata is testing the body shell and the new platform right now.
Render courtesy Overdrive
The Tata X451 will be launched in 2019 and there is a long way to go before Tata finally unveils a production version of the vehicle. Information about the upcoming hatchback is scarce but the new vehicle will be plonked with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel engine similar to the Nexon.
Tata has started offering a long list of equipment in their vehicles. Be it the Tiago or the Nexon, there are many first-in-segment features. We can expect similar feature list with the upcoming hatchback. Tata may also add new features unknown to Tata vehicles as the new AMP will allow the manufacturer to experiment more. The X451 will replace the Tata Bolt from the market.
Tata is also working on a sedan version of the X451 that will take on the likes of Maruti Ciaz and Honda City in the market. Not much information is available on the same but it is expected to follow the launch of X451 in India.