India-spec Tata Altroz revealed

Tata's Altroz premium hatchback has been revealed in its production-ready guise, with its launch set to take place in February 2020 at the Auto Expo. Tata’s first offering to use its new ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced) platform, the Altroz will aim to compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20 in our market.

In terms of design, the Altroz doesn’t stray too far from the 45X Concept (which was shown at the 2018 Auto Expo) on which it is based. The Altroz was also showcased at the 2019 Geneva motor show as a production version of the 45X concept. The hatchback uses Tata’s new Impact 2.0 design language, which is very evident from its overall design. It features design elements such as the sleek, sweptback headlamps which flank the grille up front, a prominent belt line and a rising window line. 

Mechanically, the Tata Altroz will come equipped with three BS6-compliant engine options – a 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, three-cylinder petrol engine; a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit and a detuned version of the Nexon’s 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The tables below have the engine specifications for two of the engines:

Initially, all engines will come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, but an automatic gearbox option is slated to be introduced down the line.

On the inside, the premium hatchback sports some unique features such as the free-standing, 7.0-inch infotainment screen which is new in the segment. The infotainment system will also come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The Altroz will also come with ambient lighting, a segment-first part-digital instrument cluster and a brand-new steering wheel.

Safety features are at par for the segment, with the top-spec Altroz XZ variant coming with auto headlights and wipers, adjustable neck restraints for the front and rear seats and more.