Tata recently revealed the name of its upcoming premium hatchback and now, they have released two teasers which gives a glimpse of how the production-ready model would look like. Called the Altroz, it had been caught testing a few times recently. Tata first showcased a premium hatchback concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo and called it the 45X concept. The hatchback is now almost ready in its production form and will have its global unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, which commences from 7th of March.
Talking about the teasers featured here, they give a glimpse of the front end and rear end of the Altroz. The Altroz is designed on the lines of Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and the same is reflected in the teaser. The front fascia matches that of the Tiago and Tigor, albeit with a dash of premium-ness thanks to the big chrome slab that runs along the length of the grille. The grille features a similar honeycomb mesh pattern as found on other new Tata cars. The front look will be sporty and the car will probably come with LED headlights and DRL on the top end variant.
According to Tata, the name Altroz has been derived from Albatross. The Albatross is a sea bird that can fly thousands of miles without a break. The Altroz signifies agility, performance and efficiency and Tata aims to redefine the premium hatchback segment in the country with it.
Since the Altroz will be a premium hatchback, it is expected to be jam-packed with features. It is expected that Tata will equip the car with features like automatic climate control, cruise control, 6 airbags, ABS, reverse parking camera, power assisted wing mirror folding, multiple driving modes, touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, leather upholstery, and rear AC vents. In its segment, the Altroz will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 among others. Both these cars are pretty feature laden apart from having a comfortable cabin and hence Tata cannot take the rivals lightly.
As for the mechanicals, nothing is known as of yet. However, going by speculations, the Tata Altroz is likely to have 5-speed manual gearboxes at the time of launch with a dual clutch AMT option following later. It could utilize the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit that Tata uses on the likes of the Tiago JTP and the Nexon, along with the 1.5 litre turbodiesel engine found on the Nexon.
As already said before, a production-ready or near-production version of the Tata 45X will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. However, the actual launch will happen later this year, most probably during the festive season. As for the pricing, nothing can be said as of now but going by Tata’s recent pricing of the harrier, we expect it to undercut its rivals by a small margin.