Homegrown automaker, Tata Motors will launch 2 all-new models – Harrier SUV and 45X based premium hatchback – in 2019. The SUV will be launched in the first quarter of 2019, while the premium hatch will go on sale during festive season, Diwali 2019. Unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, the Tata 45X hatch will challenge the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Baleno. In fact, the development work of the new hatchback is fast-paced. A new prototype of this hatchback has been spotted testing on Indian roads, revealing some design highlights.
Tata 45X Hatchback Spy Images
Going by the spy images, it is visible that the 45X premium hatch receives several changes in terms of styling. It looks quite different from the concept version, which was displayed at Auto Expo 2018 earlier this year. The 45X in concept form measures 4.3 meters in length, while the production-spec model for India will measure under 4 meter. The reason behind substantial changes in design and dimensions is to achieve sub-4 meter length, which allows Tata to avail GST benefits on cars below 4 meter in length. However, the international-spec model could measure above 4 meter in length.
The production ready Tata 45X hatch will come devoid of fancy design elements including large alloy wheels, split rear spoiler, surfboard mounted wing cameras, etc. Design inspiration for the vehicle comes from Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 Design Philosophy. It will feature prominent 3-Dimensional ‘Humanity Line’ underlining front grille and slim LED headlamps. The fog lamp assembly will come with a new ‘tri-arrow’ pattern. Also See – Tata 45X – Five Facts You Should Know
Tata 45X premium hatchback will be the brand’s first model to be based on a newly developed AMP (Advanced Modular Platform), which is called the Tata Alpha architecture. This platform will also underpin future Tata products including next-gen Tiago and Nexon. It is expected that the premium hatchback will share mechanics with the Nexon, which means a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and a 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer.
Tata Motors is also working on a mid-sized sedan based on this platform. This sedan will rival the likes of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and Honda City. It is expected to be launched in India in 2020.