Production-spec Tata Altroz revealed

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

    Published On Dec 03, 2019 01:40:00 PM



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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
    LED DRLsYesYes
    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).

    Also see:

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    First Tata Altroz rolls off the production line

    Tata Altroz image gallery

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