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Tata Altroz premium hatch unveiled – Rival to Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz premium hatchback has made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show today. It is one of the four world premieres from Tata Motors, all of which were unveiled at the same show. First showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo as the 45X concept, Altroz name has been inspired from a seabird known as Albatross.

Just like the Harrier, Tata Altroz is also built on the IMPACT 2.0 design theme. This is the reason you will notice a lot of design similarities between the Altroz hatchback and Harrier SUV. Altroz features a wide grille, well designed front bumper, large high mounted LED lamps and an upswept window line. It also gets pillar mounted door handles and dual tone alloy wheels.

Interiors should be seen with a host of connectivity and comfort features. It will get a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, keyless entry and push button start. Its safety features will include driver and co-driver airbags, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking assist, rear parking camera, front fog lamps with cornering assistance and ABS and EBD.

It is the first of many cars from Tata Motors, to be positioned on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. This is a modern generation platform which offers a host of advantages where flexibility, adaptability, space and safety is concerned. This platform, which was earlier called the Advanced Modular Platform, will soon encompass other products having length between 3.7 to 4.3 meters and will cover over 90 percent of the passenger vehicle segment in India. The Altroz will also sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language, and is the second vehicle from Tata Motors to sport this design language following the recently launched Harrier.

Tata Altroz will borrow its engine lineup from the Nexon. The 1.2 liter turbocharged Revotron petrol engine will offer 110 PS power and 170 Nm torque. The 1.5 liter turbocharged Revotorq diesel engine will be capable of 110 PS power and 260 Nm torque. The engines will be mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox and receive a 6 speed automatic transmission as an option.

Launch in India is scheduled for later this year, just ahead of the festive season. It will take on rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and VW Polo. Expect launch price of Tata Altroz to be in the Rs 5.5-8 lakh range.

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