Despite the negative sentiments that are prevailing due to the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Tata Motors seems to be preparing big for the future. The Pune-based automobile manufacturer has ambitious plans for the coming months. First, it will launch a 7-seat version of Harrier, christened Gravitas in the upcoming festive season which will be followed by the launch of a micro SUV in 2021.
However, the imminent launch according to some media reports will be the performance-oriented version of its Altroz premium hatchback. The company will plonk a more powerful engine under the hood of Altroz to rev up its performance quotient. The Altroz Turbo Petrol variant will be launched in the upcoming months. Spotted here is a new blue color with turbo badge on the boot. This is expected to have a DCT very likely as many reports suggested. The manual is an easy fix so that should make it some time later of the launch too.
Altroz Turbo Petrol will be powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which will be producing 99 bhp and 170 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The car will receive two gearbox options – a 5-speed manual gearbox and dual-clutch automatic transmission. Other mechanical hardware such as frame, brakes, and suspension system will continue to remain the same in the interest of keeping the cost in check. Some of the cosmetic alterations are expected and we believe that Tata will lend some sporty appeal to the car by adding new style alloys, and a cool turbocharged badging on the car.
Currently, Tata Altroz is available with a 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 85 bhp and 113 Nm. The car can also be had with a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine which is good for 89 bhp and 200 Nm. Both engine options are available only with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Indian market hasn’t witnessed much success when it comes to performance-oriented versions of hatchbacks earlier. Altroz Turbo Petrol will be able to dive into this trend as VW Group and Hyundai have started something right now. With Mahindra and Ford set to do the same, its finally Turbo petrol time after half decade of asking from enthusiasts.