Tata Motors is doing final preparations before the launching the much-awaited Tata Harrier SUV in January 2019. Bookings for the SUV have already commenced at Rs 30,000. Not just Harrier, Tata will also launch a premium hatchback based on the exciting 45X concept which was showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. According to ACI, the production-spec Tata 45X will go on sale in August 2019. In fact, the near-production ready model was recently caught testing. Upon its launch, the hatchback will challenge the likes of Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz.
Going by the spy images available on the internet, it is visible that the front design of the hatchback looks largely identical to that of the concept. It will be the brand’s second model to feature the new IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN Philosophy. The hatchback features the signature ‘Humanity Line’ – the inset grille that stretches to merge with the large headlights to form a single design element. Other design highlights include angular bumper, upswept window line, strong beltline that runs across the length to merge the tail-light and the sporty 4-spoke alloys.
Similar to the Harrier, the Tata 45X premium hatchback will have feature-loaded cabin. It will have segment largest touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity options. Additionally, it will sport analogue dials and a T-shaped centre console with air-con vents positioned below the display. The company will also offer several customisation options to customers to modify this car as per their needs. Also See – Harrier To Hornbill – 4 New Tata SUVs Coming To India
It is expected that the new Tata 45X will share mechanics with the Nexon, which means 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel. Previous media reports claim that the hatchback could be the first model in its category to get a mild-hybrid system. It is expected to receive a new BS6 compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is likely to feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that assists in acceleration and offers idle start-stop function. A 6-speed manual gearbox will come as standard, while a twin-clutch gearbox is also likely to be on offer.
Source – AutoCarIndia