Likely to be called Tata Aquilla, the 45X concept based hatchback will be the brand’s first model to use the new Alpha modular platform
It is no secret that Tata is working on a premium hatchback based on the 45X concept that debuted at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The hatchback is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2019, most probably in August-September. While Tata is yet to reveal the name of this hatchback, certain media reports claim that the premium car will be called Tata Aquilla. Not just this hatchback, Tata is also working on a micro SUV that is likely to be called Hornbill.
Tata Aquilla aka 45X will debut the brand’s all-new Alpha platform, which will also underpin future cars below 4.3 meters in length. Moreover, it will be the second car to feature the brand’s new IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN philosophy. The hatchback is likely to share mechanics with Nexon compact SUV, which means a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. These engines could be tuned to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Earlier media reports suggest that the Aquilla could be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid system. Also See – Tata 45X hatchback – Expected Changes From Concept
Tata Aquilla 45X Key Features
– IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy
– Alpha modular platform
– Prominent 3D ‘Humanity Line’
– Projector headlamps
– ‘Tri-arrow’ fog lights
– Diamond cut alloy wheels
– Strong fenders
– DRLs or turn blinkers
– Multi-layered interior design
– Segment-best Infotainment system with display
– Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
– 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
– Indian lattice-work inspired rear AC vents and centre console
Tata Aquilla Launch Date
Tata has confirmed that the 45X concept based hatchback will be launched in the second half of 2019. A possible launch around August-September can’t be ignored. We will update you as soon as Tata announces anything on the same.
Tata Aquilla Price In India
|Minimum||Rs 6 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 10 lakh|
Built on the new Alpha modular platform, the 45X hatchback will challenge the likes of Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20. The Tata Aquilla is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 6 lakh – Rs 10 lakh.
Tata Aquilla Specifications
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre, turbo|
|Diesel Engine||1.5-litre Revotorq|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT & Dual-clutch AT|
The 45X based hatch is expected to arrive in petrol and diesel guise. The hatchback is likely to share mechanics with the Nexon SUV. While the petrol version will get a 1.2-litre, turbo petrol engine that produces 108bhp and 170Nm of torque, the oil burner will be a 1.5-litre unit that is good for 108bhp and 260Nm of torque. Both the engines will be tuned to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Few media reports claim that the Aquilla could receive a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain with idle start-stop function. Tata’s UK-based R&D centre had showcased 2 different mild-hybrid system codenamed – P0 and P2. A six-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels will come as standard. Tata is also working on a dual-clutch gearbox for the hatchback. Read – Tata Harrier Price, Specs & Other Details
Tata Aquilla Mileage
With new and lighter platform, the Aquilla 45X hatchback could be a highly fuel efficient model. We expect the petrol version to deliver somewhere around 18-20kmpl, while diesel could return close to 25kmpl.
Tata Aquilla Exterior
The new Tata hatchback is built on the new Alpha or AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) that will also be used to develop a mini SUV and the next-gen Nexon & Tiago. It will be the brand’s second product to feature the new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. The SUV was first previewed as the 45X concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, where it attracted many with its bold and futuristic design. Tata confirms that the design of the production model will largely remain true to its concept, though there are some design changes to make it road legal.
The hatchback will have prominent 3D ‘Humanity Line’ underlining a digitally-inspired grille and dual ultra slim LED headlamps. The projectors will be integrated with LED DRLS. The fog lamp assembly has a new ‘tri-arrow’ pattern. Strong fenders, flared wheel arches and sloping roof will further enhance the overall styling. The rear door handles will be integrated to C-pillar, which we have already seen on the new Maruti Swift. At the back, the hatchback will have full LED tail-lights and an integrated spoiler.
Tata Aquilla Interior
Tata hasn’t revealed the interior details of the hatchback; however, spy images confirm that the premium hatchback will have class-leading features. It comes equipped with a large touchscreen infotainment system mounted on top of the dashboard. The screen seems bigger than the one offered in the Nexon, which is a 6.5-inch unit. It could receive over 7-inch unit, which should give it a competitive advantage over Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. The hatchback will have Harman-sourced sound system with JBL speakers.
The hatchback will have all-black interior scheme for sporty feel. Other features are likely to include multi-functional steering wheel, analogue instrument console, infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, etc.
Tata Aquilla 45X