Production-ready Tata 45X is reported to launch in August, 2019.
Tata Motors has shown a steady improvement over the last few years – all credit goes to its futuristic design language and new business strategy. The new breed Tata cars are a far cry from the company’s old models whether its design, comfort and drivability. Aiming to keep up the momentum, the home-grown carmaker introduced the new-generation IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy at the Auto Expo 2018. Underpinning the Tata 45X premium hatchback concept and Tata Harrier SUV (H5X concept), the new design language looks bolder and edgier than its first generation.
The carmaker claims that the “Tata 45X is an amalgamation of futuristic design, advanced technology, intuitive connectivity and great performance”. If reports are to be believed, the production version of the 45X concept will be christened ‘Tata Aquilla’. The all-new 45X premium hatchback concept is the Tata’s first car to use the new AMP (Advanced Modular Platform). Described as ‘Agile Light Flexible Advanced’ architecture, the new platform is said to be compatible for different lengths, widths, wheelbases and suspension setups.
Interestingly, the new Tata 45X hatchback has been designed jointly by Tata’s three design studios (Pune, Italy and UK) with inputs from Jaguar Land Rover. Most of the design and styling bits of the production-ready hatch are likely to be carried over from the concept. The futuristic interior theme will surely witness some important practical changes along with several advanced comfort goodies and safety fitments. The new Tata hatchback will lock horns against the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, which are currently dominating the segment.
Tata 45X Key Features
– IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy
– More prominent three-dimensional ‘Humanity Line’
– Projector headlamps
– Hexa-inspired front grille
– ‘Tri-arrow’ fog lights
– Segment-leading wheels
– Strong fenders
– DRLs or turn blinkers
– Multi-layered interior design
– Infotainment system with display
– 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
– Indian lattice-work inspired rear AC vents and centre console Check Out – Upcoming Tata Cars in India
Tata 45X Launch Date
The home-grown carmaker is all set to launch the much-anticipated Tata Harrier SUV on 23rd January, 2019. After the Harrier, the Tata 45X concept based premium hatchback will be the next big product from Tata’s stable. Previewed in its concept avatar, the hatch will mark debut of Tata’s new AMP scalable platform featuring monocoque design. The company has already confirmed that the production-ready version of the 45X concept will hit Indian roads by mid 2019. Currently, the vehicle is in testing phase, and has been caught on camera multiple times. According to a fresh media report, the production-ready Tata 45X will go on sale in August 2019. Stay tuned to IndiaCarNews for official launch date and details of the hatchback.
Tata 45X Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8 lakh|
Interestingly, the new 45X hatch will be the first Tata car to be built on new advanced modular platform (AMP) that’s compatible to multiple wheelbases, lengths, widths and suspensions. The new architecture will be quite economical for the carmaker to develop new cars of different sizes. Furthermore, Tata Motors plans to achieve high level of localization for its upcoming new hatchback that will help curb its manufacturing cost and attain competitive pricing. In the premium hatchback space, the new Tata car will face challenge from cars like Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. As far as pricing is concerned, the Tata 45X could be priced as low as Rs 5 lakh for the entry-level petrol model and up to Rs 8 lakh for the top-spec diesel trim. Check Out – Tata H7X SUV Under Development; To Challenge Fortuner
Tata 45X Exterior
The new Tata hatchback will be designed on the AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) that will also underpin the company’s upcoming mini SUV (Tata Hornbill) and a mid-size sedan. Tata’s new-generation IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy made its global debut with the all-new 45X hatchback and the H5X SUV concepts in February, 2018. With its bold and futuristic design, the Tata 45X created a buzz among visitors at the Auto Expo. Tata Motors claims that the production-ready version of the hatchback will be close to the 45X concept. Though, it will receive some design and styling changes.
The 45X concept based car will surely be the best-looking car in its segment. Similar to the hatch’s concept version, the front fascia of the production-ready model will feature more prominent three-dimensional ‘Humanity Line’ underlining a digitally-inspired front grille and dual ultra slim LED headlamps. The front grille seems to be inspired by the Hexa SUV. The projector headlamps are integrated with LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Its fog lamp assembly has a new ‘tri-arrow’ pattern. Design bits such as strong fenders and the class-leading wheel sizes with flared wheel arches will further enhance its road presence. Unlike the concept that was equipped with five-spoke alloy wheels with 235/35 Z R20 tyres, the production version might get the split four-spoke alloy units. Read – New Tata Sedan To Challenge Honda City
What’s interesting in the hatchback are the unique rear door handles which are integrated to C-pillar. We have already seen similar pattern in the new Maruti Swift and the Mahindra KUV100 NXT. The tapered roofline, plastic cladding around the body and pronounced wheel arches add more its sporty side appearance. The rear profile of the hatch will also look sporty with features such as full LED taillights, surfboard mounted wing cameras and a sporty spoiler. The taillamp assembly might look different from the concept. The slingshot line with a chrome finisher adds more its futuristic look. Read – New Tata Sierra Might Make A Comeback In A Modern Avatar
Dimensionally, the Tata 45X premium hatchback concept measures 4,253mm in length, 1,850mm in width and 1,451mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,630mm. Compared to the Tiago, the wheelbase of the 45X is around 230mm longer. The hatchback’s concept was assembled with 235/35 Z R20 front and rear tyres. Though, it might be different from the concept.
Tata 45X Interior
Tata Motors has kept all of the details filed away in its top-secret archives. If we have to guess, it’s likely to share some of its interior design elements and features with the Nexon compact SUV. Though, it will sport a more futuristic design and have more premium appeal than the latter one. Since it will come as premium offering, the material quality and fit and finish are also likely to be of top-notch.
The latest spy pictures reveal that the production-ready model will feature the segment-best, a large free-standing touchscreen integrated on the conventional T-shaped centre console. The hatchback’s infotainment system might be compatible to smartphone apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It might also support navigation system. Read – Tata Harrier 7-seater SUV Will Be More Powerful Than 5-seater Model
The hatchback will have multi-layered design along with features such as a 3-spoke, flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, instrument cluster and Indian lattice-work inspired rear AC unit. It will also get sporty black interior theme with piano black and silver accents along with a neatly designed dashboard with analogue dials and air con vents situated beneath the centre screen. Features such as automatic climate control, steering mounted controls, engine start/stop push button and 12V socket will also be on offer.
The new Tata hatchback will also promise strong occupants’ safety – thanks to its AMP platform that adheres to future crash regulations. Besides this, the home-grown carmaker will equip the car with a range of advanced safety features such as airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), brake assist, etc.
Tata 45X Specifications
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre, turbo|
|Diesel Engine||1.05-litre, 3-cylinder VGT|
|Gearbox||MT & AT|
Rumour has that Tata Motors might introduce the 45X premium hatchback with both petrol and diesel powertrains. The petrol variants are likely to be propelled by a 1.2-litre, turbo engine pushing out a peak power output of 108bhp and a peak torque of 170Nm. On the other hand, the diesel variants might come fitted with a 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder VGT motor. The oil burner delivers a maximum power of 108bhp and a peak torque of 260Nm.
Both the powertrains will meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Reports also suggest that Tata might introduce the 45X hatchback with a 48-volt mild hybrid powertain with idle start-stop function. The company’s UK-based R&D centre is reported to present two different mild-hybrid system codenamed – PO and P2. One of them could be used for the 45X-based hatchback. Both manual and automatic transmissions are likely to be on offer. Official figures and details will be revealed near its launch.
Tata 45X Mileage
As mentioned above, the engine specifications of the upcoming Tata premium hatchback are still under the wraps. If media reports are to be believed, the carmaker might come with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.05-litre diesel powertrains with manual and automatic gearbox options. Similar to Tata’s new breed cars, the 45X is likely to be high on fuel efficiency. Though, it would be a tad early to comment on its mileage figures.
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Tata 45X Preview
Tata 45X premium hatchback will be one of the company's first cars to be based on the new-generation IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy. It will also be Tata's first car to underpin new AMP (Advanced Modular Platform). Interior and engine details of the hatchback are yet to be revealed by the carmaker.