The Punch will come with engine start-stop, rain sensing wipers, projector headlamps, brake sway control, dual airbags among other features.
The Tata Punch micro-SUV is all set to be fully revealed on October 4. The company has confirmed that bookings for the Punch will officially commence on the same day. While there is no confirmation on the launch date, dealers tell us that deliveries will most likely begin by Diwali as many outlets have begun recieving stocks already.
While Tata Motors has already previewed the exterior and interior of its smallest upcoming SUV, there are still a few details that are yet to be officially confirmed. Thanks to our dealer sources, we now have fresh details on the Tata Punch’s trim and variant line-up, along with the colour options it will be offered with.
Will be available in four trims
Will get three monotone and six dual tone colour options
Price announcement expected by mid-October
Tata Punch: features, variants and colour options
We are told that the Tata Punch will be available in four trims – Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative. The Punch notably gets a new nomenclature for its trims that is different from other Tata models, which get trims like XE, XM, XT and so on.
Colour options offered on the Punch are three monotone shades – White, Grey and Stonehenge – and six dual-tone colours – White and Black, Grey and Black, Orange and Black, Blue and White, Stonehenge and Black and Urban Bronze and Black.
The dual-tone colour options are reserved for the top-spec Creative trim. Meanwhile, the base Pure trim will solely be available in White monotone colour. The AMT gearbox will be offered on the mid-spec Adventure and top-spec Creative trims.
Although Tata hasn’t revealed the exact features list of the Punch yet, we can confirm that top-spec trims will come loaded with equipment such as a floating, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, automatic climate control, iRA connected car technology, automatic projector headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and push-button start/stop. Safety features will include dual front airbags, ABS with Brake Sway Control (BSC), EBD, electronic stability control, and a rear parking camera.
Tata Punch: platform, dimensions and powertrain
The Punch is based on Tata’s ALFA architecture, which also underpins the Altroz hatchback, and will therefore carry some of its inherent benefits, including the 90-degree opening doors and a flat floor on the inside.
Dimensionally, the Punch is expected to be 3,840mm in length, 1,822mm in width, 1,635mm in height, and will have a wheelbase of 2,450mm. The Punch will have a ground clearance of 187mm. It will have a boot capcity of 366 litres and will ride on 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
Under the hood, at launch, the Punch will be powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 86hp and 113Nm of torque. This engine already does duty on the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz, and will come mated to a 5-speed manual or an AMT automatic gearbox. The Punch will even feature engine start/stop functionality to aid fuel efficiency and the AMT gearbox will additionally feature traction modes as we have seen in some bigger Tata SUVs.
The Punch could also be offered with the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine from the Altroz iTurbo at a later stage.
Tata Punch: price expectation and rivals
Tata is expected to officially open bookings for the Punch when it is revealed in full on October 4, although some dealers have already started accepting unofficial pre-bookings. Price announcement will happen closer to mid-October, and it is expected to range from Rs 5.50 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.
The Punch will be the new entry point to Tata’s SUV range and will rival the likes of high-riding hatchbacks such as the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100. However, due to the extremely competitive pricing of the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger, higher variants of the Punch will also rival these compact-SUVs.