The Tata X451 will be designed with inputs from Tata’s three design studios (based in Pune, U.K and Italy), and JLR.
The Tata X451 will rival the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz.
Tata Motors, the homegrown carmaker, will launch at least six all new products in the country in the next couple of years. While the Hexa is all set to enter the market in January 2016, the Tata Kite 5 and Nexon will be rolled out in the first half of 2017. And then there could be a premium hatchback and a mid-size sedan.
In an interaction with PTI, Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles at Tata Motors said that the company is contemplating a premium hatchback and a mid-size sedan for the Indian market as the company doesn’t have its presence in these two categories. This also gives weight to the earlier rumours that had said that the company is working on a premium hatchback based on new advanced modular platform (AMP). Codenamed Tata X451, this new vehicle will be designed with collaborative efforts of Tata’s three design studios (based in Pune, UK and Italy), and inputs from JLR.
According to reports, Tata might introduce its new AMP-based products within the next two years. Though there is no official confirmation about the product and its launch details, we expect it to come in 2018.
|Base Model||Rs 5 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 8 lakh|
Since the new Tata hatchback will be positioned against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, we expect it to be priced between Rs 5 lakh – Rs 8 lakh.
|Engine Options||4-cylinder Petrol & Diesel|
|Transmission||Manual & Automatic|
|Expected Mileage||18kmpl – 20kmpl|
– Projector headlamps
– Low-positioned fog lights
– DRLs or turn blinkers
– Multi-layered design
– Infotainment system with display
– 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
– Indian lattice-work inspired rear AC vents and centre console
The X451 will be built on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) that will also underpin Tata’s new mid-size sedan. The vehicle’s styling could be a bit crossover-ish. The front end of the car will look aggressive with projector headlamps, low-positioned fog lights and daytime running lights or turn blinkers. Other design highlights might include pronounced wheel arches, roof rails and plastic cladding around the body.
The interior of this premium hatchback is likely to be inspired from the Nexon. The material quality, fit and finish will be more premium than existing Tata cars. The hatchback might feature a multi-layered design and Indian lattice-work inspired rear AC vents and centre console design. Features like an infotainment system with touchscreen display, a new instrument cluster and 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel could be borrowed from the Nexon.
The X451 will be available with both, petrol and diesel, engine options. However, no specifications have been revealed yet. Reports suggest that the X451 will come with all-new 4-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrains that will either be based on Tiago’s lighter aluminium engines or the Bolt’s cast-iron power units. The hatchback might come with both manual and automatic transmission options.
Rendering Courtesy – Overdrive