After being unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018 as the 45X concept, the Tata Altroz then made its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in a production-ready version. Ready for launch in Early 2020, the Altroz will go on sale powered by BS6 engines from Day 1. It promises to be a class-leading premium offering, as it will take on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and the newly launched Toyota Glanza in the premium hatchback segment. Let’s have a look at what makes this car so special:
The Tata Altroz will be the first vehicle to be based on Tata Motors’ new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture. With an ability to evolve into a range of modern and agile vehicles in a short development cycle, this new platform will also act as the base for future Tata products. We expect the Altroz to display a new level of ride and handling qualities, never experienced on any other Tata vehicle before.
The Altroz will be the first new car in India to be offered along with a proper EV variant. This EV variant will be powered by Tata’s latest Ziptron technology. Thanks to this new and efficient technology, the Altroz will target to achieve a total range of 250 – 300 kms on a full charge. The Ziptron tech will also feature fast-charging that will charge the battery up to 80% in under 60 minutes.
Apart from all the new features and technology, the Altroz will also be the first all-Indian car to offer a range of BS6 compliant engines from the first day of its launch. It will likely be available with 3 engine options – a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine producing 100 HP at 5,500 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque between 1,750 and 4,000 rpm, a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing around 90 HP and a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine producing about 84 HP. The petrol engines will likely be paired with 5-speed manual transmissions and the diesel might get a 6-speed manual, while an automatic gearbox might be launched sometime later. Once launched, the Altroz is expected to be priced around INR 9-12 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Apart from the aforementioned changes, the Altroz will also debut with a new flat-bottom steering wheel design, which looks great in pictures with its thumb recesses and must be great to hold in person too. To us, it does play a big part in amplifying the ‘All-new’ appeal of this hatchback. The Harrier-sourced semi-digital display, latest connectivity features, and a lot more, along with the sharp external appearance, add up to build the charm of this new hatchback.