Tata Motors had launched the new Altroz premium hatchback in the country in January 2020. The hatchback is available in 2 engine options – a 85bhp, 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Revotron petrol and a 89bhp, 1.5-litre diesel. The Altroz 1.2L naturally aspirated model feels underpowered and is only offered in manual version.
The company is also readying a turbocharged version of the Altroz premium hatchback. In fact, testing of the Altroz turbo petrol has also been started. At the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, Tata had showcased the Altroz hatchback with the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine. This engine is capable of producing 100.5bhp of power and 140Nm of torque.
Besides manual gearbox, Tata Motors will also introduce the automatic version of the Altroz hatchback. If media reports are to be believed, Tata is working on a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The new DCT unit will first offered on the turbocharged version of the Altroz premium hatchback.
The powerful version of the Tata Altroz will directly rival the upcoming Hyundai Elite i20 turbo model. It is based on the new ALFA modular platform, which also underpins the recently unveiled Tata HBX micro SUV. This platform is designed to develop products measuring between 3.7 meters and 4.3 meters in length. This platform is versatile enough to accommodate different body styles and multiple powertrains including petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric.
The Altroz sits below 4 meter in length, measuring 3,998mm in length, 1,754mm in width and 1,505mm in height. The hatchback rides on a wheelbase of 2,501mm. Tata Motors is also readying an all-electric version of the Altroz premium hatchback. Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020, the new Altroz EV will share the powertrain with the Nexon EV. Likely to be priced around Rs 11 lakh, the new Tata Altroz EV will offer a range of around 250-300km on a single charge.