Homegrown automaker, Tata Motors is readying 4 all-new cars for the domestic market. The new models will be launched in our market over the period of next 6-9 months. The first model to go on sale is the long-awaited Altroz premium hatchback, which debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The other three models are the 7-seater Harrier, called the Buzzard, the Nexon electric vehicle and the production version of the H2X mini SUV. Adding to it, Tata Motors will give major makeover to the Nexon, Tiago and the Tigor.
The Tata Altroz premium hatchback in production model will be unveiled in India in December this year. The launch is expected in January 2020. It will also mark the debut of Tata’s new ALFA modular platform, which will be used to develop future cars including the next-gen Nexon, Tiago and the Tigor. It will directly rival the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz.
The hatchback is expected to be launched in 3 engine options – a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. Initially, the hatchback will be offered in manual and AMT gearbox options. Tata is reportedly working on a new dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which is likely to be offered with the 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine option on a later stage.
Tata Motors is expected to launch the 7-seater Harrier in the country during Auto Expo 2020. The new model will be around 63mm longer than the 5-seater model. It will challenge the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector 7-seater. The SUV will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is likely to produce around 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.
The production-ready Tata H2X mini SUV is scheduled to make global debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. It will be the brand’s second model to be based on the new Alfa platform. To be positioned below the Nexon, the H2X will challenge the likes of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Renault Kwid 1.0 and the Maruti Celerio. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with manual and AMT gearbox options.
Tata Motors will also launch the electric version of the Nexon compact SUV, which is currently under testing. Powering the Tata Nexon Electric will be the brand’s all-new Ziptron high-voltage powertrain that consists of lithium-ion cell with liquid cooling. The SUV is claimed to offer an electric range of 300km. The battery pack has a high-strength steel casing and adheres to IP67 standards.