– Tata 45X premium hatchback made its global debut at the Auto Expo 2018.
– It’s the first Tata car to use the AMP (Advanced Modular Platform).
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 and Tata H5X SUV concepts, 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”. 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. The new Tata hatchback will be positioned against the the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, which are currently dominating the segment.
– 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 Motors showcased its all-new 45X premium hatchback concept at the Delhi Auto Expo in February, 2018. Interestingly, the hatchback also marked the debut of Tata’s new AMP scalable platform featuring monocoque design. The carmaker has already confirmed that its new AMP platform based models will begin rolling out in 2019. Since the Tata 45X is currently in its concept phase, it will take good one year to hit showrooms. Speculations are on rife that Tata Motors will roll out its all-new premium hatchback in the second half of 2019. In fact, the carmaker has started testing the vehicle on Indian roads. Read – New Tata Sedan To Challenge Honda City
|Minimum||Rs 5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8 lakh|
As mentioned in the beginning, the new 45X hatch is the first Tata car to be based on new advanced modular platform (AMP). Since this architecture is compatible to multiple wheelbases, lengths, widths and suspensions, it will be quite economical for Tata to develop new cars of different sizes. Furthermore, the high-level of localization will help the carmaker curb its manufacturing cost and achieve aggressive pricing. In the premium hatchback space, the new Tata car will give a tough fight to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. Prices of the Tata 45X are likely to start from Rs 5 lakh for the entry-level petrol model and go all the way up to Rs 8 lakh for the range-topping diesel trim. Check Out – Tata H7X SUV Under Development; To Challenge Fortuner
Tata’s new-generation IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy made its global debut with the all-new 45X hatchback and the H5X SUV concepts early this year. It was the bold and futuristic design of the Tata 45X that created a buzz among visitors at the Auto Expo. If the production model of the hatchback stays true to the concept, it will surely be the best-looking car in its segment. Some of the key design elements of the hatch’s concept version are the 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. Styling elements such as strong fenders and the class-leading wheel sizes with flared wheel arches will further enhance its road presence.
What’s interesting in the hatchback are the unique rear door handles which are integrated to C-pillar. The same pattern is also seen on 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. At the rear end, the hatchback features such as full LED taillights, surfboard mounted wing cameras and a spoiler. The slingshot line with a chrome finisher adds more its futuristic look. With respect to dimensions, the Tata 45X premium hatchback concept measures 4,253mm in length, 1,850mm in width and 1,451mm in height. It sits on a wheelbase of 2,630mm, which is around 230mm longer than the Tiago. The hatchback’s concept was equipped with 235/35 Z R20 tyres. Read: Tata Nexon – All You Need To Know
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. For connectivity purpose, the Tata 45X premium hatchback could be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system that will be compatible to smartphone apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also support navigation system.
The hatchback will have multi-layered design along with features such as a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, instrument cluster and Indian lattice-work inspired rear AC could. 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. Read – Tamo Racemo Explain In 8 Quick Points
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre, turbo|
|Diesel Engine||1.05-litre, 3-cylinder VGT|
|Gearbox||MT & AT|
Rumour has that the Tata 45X might be introduced with both petrol and diesel powertrains. For power, the petrol variant is likely to use a 1.2-litre, turbo motor that’s good for 108bhp and 170Nm of torque. On the other hand, the diesel variants are likely to be propelled by a 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder VGT motor. The oil burner delivers a maximum power of 108bhp against 260Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are likely to be taken care of by a manual and an automatic unit. Official figures and details will be revealed near its launch. Check Out – Tata Nexon Aero Price & Pictures
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 use 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.
Related Video – Tata 45X Concept Explained
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.