Tata Altroz will be launched next week in India. Ahead of that, it has now been compared with best selling car in segment – Maruti Baleno.
Tata Motors Altroz will launch in India on 22nd January 2020. It is pitted against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20, and the Toyota Glanza, among others in its segment. Youtube channel Ujjwal Saxena has done an exclusive detailed comparison of Maruti Baleno vs Tata Altroz.
Exteriors – Tata Altroz is heralded as the first made-in-India small car to get 5-star GNCAP safety rating. This 5 door hatchback gets new headlamps with LED DRLs, fog lamps and a sharp radiator grille with chrome surrounds. It also receives electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators, new set of alloy wheels and rear door handles positioned on the C Pillars. Tata Altroz is available in 5 colour options of High Street Gold, Midtown Grey, Skyline Silver, Downtown Red, Avenue White.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets a V shaped front grille. It also receives projector headlamps with LED DRLs and chrome inserts giving the hatchback a sporty stance. Towards the rear are larger LED tail lamps and a chrome finished tail gate. The 7 colour options on the Baleno include Ray Blue, Fire Red, Met Premium Silver, Autumn Orange, Premium Urban Blue, Pearl Arctic White and Granite Gray.
Dimensions – The Tata Altroz will measure 3,990mm in length, 1,755mm in width and 1,52mm in height. It will get a wheelbase of 2,501mm and ground clearance at 165mm and sit on tyres measuring14”/15”. On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno measures 3,995mm in length, 1,745mm in width and 1,510mm in height. It gets a longer wheelbase at 2,520mm and increased ground clearance at 170mm when compared to the Tata Altroz and tyre sizes are also increased to 15”/16”
Interiors – The video also compares the interiors of the Altroz with that of the Baleno where in it is noted that the interiors of the Altroz get more premium features of the two rivals. The Tata Altroz gets a new instrument cluster, multi function display offering easy readouts, a height adjustable driver seat, rear seats with sufficient leg and head room and foldable back rests. It also gets automatic climate controls with rear vents, power windows, smart key push button start and a 17.78cm touchscreen infotainment system from Harman with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The interiors are done up with mood lighting. The Tata Altroz will get some segment first features in the form of drive modes, 90 degree opening doors, automatic rain sensing wipers and a wearable key.
Maruti Suzuki also receives some attractive interiors with all black color scheme and silver inserts. It gets a large instrument cluster with a TFT screen, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and engine start stop button. In terms of boot space, the Altroz with boot space of 345 liters scores over the Baleno which has boot space of 339 storage capacity.
Engine – The petrol variant of the Tata Altroz gets a 1.2 liter Revotron, 3 cylinder, naturally aspirated engine which will be BS6 compliant at the outset. This engine puts out 86 PS power and 113 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The 1.5 liter Revotorq, 4 cylinder engine offers 90 PS power and 200 Nm torque and is also mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets a 1.2 liter K Series petrol engine producing 84 PS power and 115 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission with the option of a CVT on the Delta variant. The 1.3 liter DDiS DOHC diesel engine produces 75 PS power and 190 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission while there is no automatic gearbox on offer.
The launch of the Tata Altroz later this month will certainly add some serious competition to this segment and especially to rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. It is especially with its recently acquired 5 Star rating that it could take away some attention from its rivals. The Altroz has been tested for front and side impacts and received 5 star rating on both counts while it has gained a 3 star rating in child occupant protection. The India spec Baleno has not been crash tested.