Tata Motors is actively testing the new premium hatchback slated for launch later next year. Codenamed 45X as on date, the hatchback was spied in near production format recently. For the first time it showed production spec alloys and LED tail lights, in a design that is strikingly similar to the concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in February.
Tata 45X is an all new car, based on a new platform. It is seen with Tata’s Impact Design 2.0 styling cues and sports a raked roofline, LED headlamps with DRLs, large wheel arches, wing mirrors, 5 spoke alloy wheels, wrap around tail lamps at the rear and C pillar positioned door handles.
Its interior design elements will include a floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with safety features such as Smart Key, Push Button Start, Wearable Key, Auto Climate Control, etc.
Buyers will also be given a host of personalization and accessory options with color combinations and high quality materials. Tata 45X will be presented in variants of XE, XM, XT/XTA and XZ/XZA and in color options of Orange, Red, Brown, Grey, Silver and White.
Tata 45X premium hatchback could get the same engine as seen on the Nexon. This 1.2 liter Revotron turbo petrol engine will offer 110 bhp power and 170 Nm torque. The 1.5 liter Revotorq turbo diesel engine will be capable of 110 bhp power and 260 Nm torque with both engines mated to 6 speed manual transmission and 6 speed automatic transmission options. The petrol engine could offer mileage of around 17 kmpl while mileage of the diesel variant would stand at around 22 kmpl.
As Tata 45X will take on the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20 in terms of competition, aggressive pricing between Rs 5 lakhs and Rs 8 lakhs is what is expected. Being presented as a premium hatchback, the Tata 45X will also compete with the Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz and Fiat Punto Evo.