At Auto Expo 2023, Tata Motors showcased the Altroz Racer, the sportiest version of the Altroz hatchback yet. The most important additions on the Altroz Racer are a new 10.25-inch touchscreen, a new digital instrument cluster and a sunroof.
- Altroz Racer is currently being evaluated for launch
- It gets a sunroof with voice assist and ventilated seats
- Engine will be mated to 6-speed manual gearbox
Tata Altroz Racer gets Nexon's turbo-petrol engine
One of the highlights of the Altroz Racer is its powertrain, and although it still gets the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine as the Altroz iTurbo, it now makes 120hp and 170Nm of torque – 10hp and 30Nm more than the iTurbo. With this power upgrade, the Altroz Racer makes as much power as the Hyundai i20 N Line, which also makes 120hp, but 2Nm more than the Racer at 172Nm.
Interestingly, the Altroz Racer will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, instead of the 5-speed manual that is found in the iTurbo. However, there is no confirmation if it will get the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Tata Altroz Racer: exterior changes
The Altroz Racer gets the same exterior styling as the regular Altroz. What sets it apart is the electrically adjustable sunroof with voice assist, which is a first for any Altroz variant. It also gets a blacked-out roof and bonnet with twin white racing stripes as well as Racer badges on the front fenders. At the rear, the Altroz also gets a more pronounced rear spoiler along with a shark fin antenna.
Up front, where the standard Altroz gets a chrome bar spanning its width, the Altroz Racer gets an all-black treatment. Even the headlights get a blacked-out treatment. Also, while the design of the alloy wheels is the same as the standard Altroz, the Racer has an all-black finish.
Tata Altroz Racer: interior and features
As mentioned, the Altroz Racer gets a brand-new 10.25-inch touchscreen unit with new software. Furthermore, it also gets a new 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, six airbags, wireless charging and an air purifier as standard. The Altroz Racer also gets new all-black upholstery with red contrast stitching, red and white stripes, and Racer embossing on the head restraints.
Tata Altroz Racer: rivals and launch timeline
Tata has not mentioned the launch timeline for the Altroz Racer as it was only on display at the Auto Expo 2023. However, Tata may just give it the new 1.2-litre direct-injection engine, and it may come only at a later stage. If the Altroz Racer is launched, it will rival the Hyundai i20 N Line, which is priced between Rs 9.99 lakh-12.10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).