Tata Motors is working on a mid-sized sedan which will be bigger than the Tigor
Last year, it was reported that Tata shelved the idea of coming up with a production version of the EVision concept in favour of a crossover. However, if a recently leaked document is anything to go by, the Tata Altroz-based sedan is currently under development.
The document appears to be an extract from the vehicle’s functional safety assessment chart. The document includes the codename X452 which is known to be assigned to Tata’s mid-size sedan. The vehicle is also called as Peregrin (mentioned in the document) internally. The document details the Tata Peregrin sedan’s ASIL (Automotive Safety Integrity Level) rating of various electro-mechanical sub-systems. ASIL is a part of automotive functional safety standard ISO26262. While the document doesn’t give us any vital details about the product, it could be considered as the proof that the sedan is inching towards production.
The Tata Peregrin will derive its design inspiration from the sleek EVision concept. The styling from front fascia till the B-Pillar is likely to have a lot of common elements with the Altroz hatchback while the sedan is expected to sport a fastback-like rear fascia with narrow LED taillights. The interior too would borrow heavily from the hatchback although one could expect new colour themes and trims.
To be underpinned by the Alfa architecture which has earned 5-star safety rating with the Altroz, the Tata X452 sedan will be featuring a comprehensive equipment package to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the soon-to-be-launched 2020 Honda City, Hyundai Verna facelift, and the brisk-selling Maruti Ciaz. Competition would also come from the Skoda Rapid, VW Vento and Toyota Yaris.
The powertrain lineup will be shared with the hatchback sibling. The 1.2-liter 120 hp turbo-petrol and 1.5-liter 110 hp turbo-diesel will constitute the IC-engine lineup. There will be a pure electric powertrain as well (Tata announced that all of its future products will have pure electric option).
The Tata Peregrin is not expected to be ready before next year as it appears to be in early stages of development. As of now, the automaker’s immediate focus is to bring the production version of H2X mini SUV to the market. To be positioned below the Nexon, the crossover will be inaugurating a niche sub-segment with Maruti Ignis as its closest rival. Tata is also working on a Hyundai Creta-sized crossover to slot between the Nexon and Harrier. With an appealing design philosophy and modern hardware, Tata’s future products are expected to make a strong impact in the competitive Indian car market.