Previously, only the Tata Altroz XZ and XZ (O) trims had automatic climate control
Launched in January 2020, Tata Motors’ Altroz premium hatchback (or sub-four-metre supermini) instantly became one of the most desirable choices in its segment. Prices start at Rs 5.29 lakh ex-showroom. The BS6-compliant Tata Altroz is available in both petrol and diesel formats across five trims: XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ (O).
To date, automatic climate control was only available in the hatchback’s range-topping XZ and XZ (O) trims. Now, Tata Motors has added the feature in the mid-level XT trim at no extra costs. Yes, this update comes for FREE. This is quite a welcome addition since modern-day Indian cars heavily prioritise on value for money in terms of features. The trend is followed in the highly active sub-four-metre subcompact crossover (or “compact SUV”) segment as well.
The Tata Altroz XT trim is priced from Rs 6.84 lakh and Rs 8.44 lakh in petrol and diesel formats, respectively. If rumours are correct, Tata Motors is working on a capable turbo-petrol DCT variant of the Altroz. In fact, we recently spotted a random Altroz test mule in Coimbatore.
Tata Motors offers four styling packs depending on the trim opted: Urban (XZ), Luxe (XT), Style (XM) and Rhythm (XE and XM). In XT Luxe format, the Tata Altroz gets 16-inch four-spoke wheels, gloss-black roof, body-coloured ORVMs, rear fog lamp, leather-wrapped steering wheel & gear lever, metallic inner door handles, height-adjustable driver seat and a rear armrest.
Luxe package comes at an added cost of Rs 40,000. Other standard features include LED DRLs, 7.0-inch touchscreen, four-speaker (+ two tweeters) Harman audio, 4.0-inch MID, drive modes (Eco & City), ambient illumination (front), reverse parking camera + sensors, fog lamps (with cornering), cruise control, push-button start, etc., alongside automatic climate control.
Tata Motors currently offers its ‘Gold Standard’ hatchback with two BS6 engine choices: 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel. The three-cylinder petrol motor churns out 85bhp at 6,000rpm and 113Nm of torque from 3,300rpm. On the other hand, its four-cylinder diesel variant is good for 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 200Nm from 1,250rpm. Only a 5-speed manual transmission is available.
The petrol engine is borrowed from the smaller Tiago while the diesel unit is familiar from the Tata Nexon. In all probability, its rumoured turbo petrol motor will be taken from the BS6 Nexon in a different state of tune. One could argue that the current petrol-powered Altroz is relatively underpowered.