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Production-spec Tata Altroz revealed

3rd Dec 2019 1:40 pm

The premium hatchback comes with BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engine options; to launch at Auto Expo 2020.



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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. The rear, too, gets some interesting details – like the blacked-out elements on the tailgate just below the rear windscreen that houses the tail-lamps. The table below has details on the dimensions and weights:

Tata Altroz: Dimensions
Track (F/R)1510mm
Ground clearance165mm
Turning radius5.0m
Fuel tank37 litres
Boot capacity345-665 litres
Kerb weight (Petrol/Diesel1036/1150kg
Tyre size (Diesel/Petrol)185/60 R16 /195/55 R16

Mechanically, the Tata Altroz will come equipped with at least two BS6-compliant engine options – a 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, three-cylinder petrol engine 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:

Tata Altroz: Powertrain
Altroz 1.2 petrolAltroz 1.5 diesel
Engine type3 cyl, naturally aspirated4 cyl, turbo-diesel
Power86hp at 6000rpm90hp at 4000rpm
Torque113Nm at 3300rpm200Nm at 1250-3000rpm
Compression ratio11.3:116:1
Drive modesEco, CityEco, City
Gearbox5-speed MT5-speed MT
Brakes (F/R)Disc/DrumDisc/Drum
Suspension (F/R)Independent MacPherson dual path strut with coil spring/Twist beam with coil spring and shock absorberIndependent MacPherson dual path strut with coil spring/Twist beam with coil spring and shock absorber

There were talks of a 102hp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit as well, but info on this engine has yet to be revealed.

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 a steering wheel not seen on a Tata car before.

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

Tata Altroz: Safety features
Altroz petrolAltroz diesel
ABS with EBDYesYes
Rear parking sensorsYesYes
Isofix child seat mountsYesYes
Front fog light with cornering functionYesYes

Tata has added quite a few segment-first features to the Altroz to help keep it competitve - there's ambient lighting, doors that open 90 degrees to aid ingress and egress and a 7-inch colour multi-info display (in the instrument cluster binnacle) that mirrors the media and navigation display shown on the infotainment screen. Interestingly, the Altroz petrol comes with an idle start stop system while the diesel does not.

Tata Altroz: Creature comforts & tech
Fog LampsFront & rearFront & rear
Rear defoggerYesYes
Follow-me-home headlampsYes (projector)Yes (projector)
Height adjustable driver's seatYesYes
Ambient lightingYesYes
Instrument cluster7.0-inch digital7.0-inch digital
Infotainment system7.0-inch touchscreen7.0-inch touchscreen
SpeakersHarman 100W 4 speakers + 2 tweetersHarman 100W 4 speakers + 2 tweeters
USB/ BluetoothYes/YesYes/Yes
Android Auto/Apple CarPlayYes/YesYes/Yes
Steering-mounted controlsYesYes
Automatic climate controlYesYes
Keyless entry and goYesYes
Power folding & adjustable ORVMsYesYes
Fast chargingFront & rearFront & rear
Rear AC ventYesYes
Cruise controlYesYes
Rear wiperYesYes
Idle start-stop systemYesNo
ArmrestFront & rearFront & rear
Illuminated & cooled gloveboxYesYes

Tata will begin bookings for the Altroz on December 4, 2019, at a booking amount of Rs 21,000. Prices will officially be announced in January 2020, although we expect the hatchback to be priced in the range of Rs 5-8 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Rs 5.92 lakh * on road price (New Delhi)

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