Tata Motors has silently added a new entry-level variant to the Altroz line-up with the XE+. The new Tata Altroz XE+ is priced at Rs. 6.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and replaces the erstwhile XM trim that was positioned above the base XE trim. The new variant is available on both the naturally-aspirated and turbocharged engine options, priced at Rs. 7.55 lakh on the latter. Compared to the base XE, it commands a premium of Rs. 45,000 on the petrol and Rs. 50,000 on the diesel.
Being a level above the bare-bones XE, the Altroz XE+ comes with a 3.5-inch Harman infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also a radio, a USB port and a USB fast charger. The system uses four speakers while you also get remote keyless entry, electrically foldable ORVMs, electric temperature control, as well as follow-me-home headlamps. Compared to the now discontinued XM trim, the XE+ does not get the rear parcel shelf and wheel covers on the steel wheels. It does not get electrically adjustable ORVMs either.
In addition to introducing a new variant, Tata Motors also silently revised prices on the Altroz. This includes a price reduction of Rs. 10,000 on the base XE petrol, while all other variants are now more expensive in the vicinity of Rs. 400 and Rs. 8,500. This is the second price hike on the Altroz this year with the last one coming as early as August itself.
There are no other changes and the Tata Altroz continues with the same mechanical specifications. This includes the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol with 86PS and the 1.5-litre turbo diesel with 90PS. Tata introduced the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol on the Altroz last year with 110PS on offer. While the car gets a manual gearbox on all three engines, it sorely misses out on an automatic transmission, something that benefits its competition including the Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Toyota Glanza.