Tata Motors has an exciting lineup of new launches. What started with the Tata Harrier launched earlier this year will now extend to 3 new model launches and 3 facelifts slated for launch by the end of this fiscal year.
Among these new launches are the Altroz hatchback, the H2X micro SUV and the Tata Buzzard, all of which were showcased at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Tata Altroz, which is pegged for launch by this year’s festive season, has been spied testing in a production ready format in India.
It will be based on the company’s new ALFA – Advanced Light Flexible Agile architecture and will share more than 70 percent of its parts with the Tata H2X micro SUV. This has also been revealed by Guenter Burschek, CEO of Tata Motors, in an interview with Fortuner India.
This comes as a surprise, as that is a high level of part sharing among two cars which are completely different in nature. This sharing of parts will allow the company to not only minimize development and inventory but will also bring down production costs to a great extent.
Tata Motors currently has two new architectures – ALFA and OMEGA. The ALFA (Advanced Light Flexible Agile) architecture is used for all cars in the 3.7 to 4.2 meter category while the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) architecture spans those models measuring above 4.5 meters.
Though the Altroz and Hornbill (rumored to be the launch name of H2X) share over 70 percent parts, each will be distinct in terms of features. The Tata Altroz premium hatchback made its presence felt in concept format at the 2018 Auto Expo and later on in production ready guise at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show.
Tta Altroz is designed under IMPACT 2.0 Design language and will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options which also power the Tata Nexon. Tata Altroz will take on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Toyota Glanza once launched in the country.
Tata Hornbill is a micro SUV which will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo in production ready format. It will be positioned below the Nexon in the company lineup and also boast of the IMPACT 2.0 design language. Expected to be powered by the same engine that powers the Tiago, the Hornbill will take on Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the upcoming Maruti S Presso small SUV. Expect price to be in the Rs 4 lakh range.