Almost all the new Tata Motors products will be based either on the ALFA or OMEGA platform for the foreseeable future
While the Land Rover-derived OMEGA will cater to large vehicles from Harrier and above, the ALFA will spawn a number of body-styles with compact footprint. The ALFA modular platform debuted with the Altroz premium hatchback earlier this year and is set to support the upcoming production version of the H2X mini crossover.
A Creta-sized mid-premium crossover is also reported to be on the anvil. The flexible architecture can handle hatchback, crossover, MPV as well as sedan bodystyles, and will have interior space as one of its strongest suits, thanks to the flat floor pan.
It is being reported that Tata Motors may be working on a new compact sedan based on the ALFA platform. Codenamed Tata Goshaq (google didn’t yield any useful background on the name), the sub-4m sedan would have the Maruti Dzire as its primary rival. If it becomes a reality, the sedan will be a spiritual successor to the Zest which simply couldn’t crack the market despite having right ingredients.
Nothing much is known about the new compact crossover in question. It remains to be seen if it will be positioned as a premium alternative to the Tigor or it will be a replacement. The Tigor is based on a platform whose roots can be traced back to the good old Indica. Replacing it with an all-new model based on the modern and cost-effective ALFA platform would make a stronger business case.
Assuming that the Tata Goshaq compact sedan exists, we expect it to adopt the brand’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy which can be seen on the Altroz, Harrier, H2X Concept and Sierra Concept. A sub-4m sedan is always a design challenge in terms of proportions but Tata’s design team has really upped the game recently. We expect the new product is question to adopt a fastback configuration, just like the Tigor.
As far as powertrain options are concerned, the 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engines are the obvious candidates. The platform is also compatible with hybrid and fully electric powertrains. So, Tata Motors will have the liberty to choose the right set of powertrain options to offer as per the market conditions at the time of launch.
The Tata Goshaq sub-4m sedan is not expected to see the light of day before 2021 as the automaker has its hands full with upcoming crossover launches.