With the introduction of the Tata Altroz premium hatchback, the Indian automotive giant debuts its all-new ALFA platform that compiles adaptability and cost-effectiveness in global standards. ‘ALFA’ stands for ‘Agile Light Flexible and Advanced’ and was initially the brand’s AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) architecture.
Through ALFA and OMEGA-Arc (derived from Land Rover) platforms, Tata Motors aims to introduce more than 12 cars within the next four years and make a strong presence on the Indian market. As per the information received from trusted sources, here are some details of what you can expect from the brand in the not-too-distant future:
ALFA – As mentioned before, the Tata Altroz is the first product to come out of the ALFA platform. Aimed to rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Elite i20, the Altroz comes with a host of equipment to have a definite edge over its competitors.
The platform will also underpin the next-generation Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact-sedan. The Tata Tiago can be considered as the gamechanger for Tata Motors since the company’s image on the market prior to it was not as overwhelming as the other popular names, despite having decent products such as the Bolt and Zest.
Following them is a ‘mini-SUV’. At this point, we are not sure if it would be any different from a conventional sub-four-metre compact-SUV, especially since the brand has already got the Tata Nexon (soon to be joined with its EV counterpart) under its belt.
Finally, a much-awaited mid-size sedan wearing a Tata badge will join the range. Tata Motors has had a few sedans in the past such as the Indigo and Indigo Manza, but they could never match the desirability of the rest. With Tata’s design philosophy heading a fresh direction, the upcoming mid-size sedan might tell a different tale.
OMEGA-Arc – As mentioned before, the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) platform shares its roots with Land Rover’s D8 platform. It was first introduced in the Tata Harrier 5-seater SUV and will be seen for the second time in the Tata Gravitas — the 7-seater avatar of the Harrier. Furthermore, OMEGA will also serve its duty in the next-generation ironed-out Harrier model that is still in the preliminary stages of planning.
To make things even more interesting, an SUV coupe model is in the charts. Even though we are familiar with such vehicles on the premium side of the market (such as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, BMW X4, BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne Coupe, etc.), it will be a first in the affordable segment. Mahindra had previously tried its hand at this with the XUV500 Aero, but that never hit production.
As per reports, Tata’s upcoming ‘Blackbird’ SUV will not be based on either of these platforms, but an architecture borrowed from the Chinese car manufacturer, Chery. Rumours claim that it will be based on the platform that underpins the Chery Tiggo 4 or T-17. We will be able to get a clearer picture at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 since the company will most probably reveal the Blackbird (codename) in a concept format. Tata Motors might shed some light on the other products mentioned here as well.