2019 Geneva Motor Show: Tata Altroz & Altroz EV Premium Hatchbacks Revealed

Indian automotive giant Tata Motors has revealed the all-new Altroz premium hatchback at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Tata Altroz takes its name from the Albatross, a bird known to soar over the seas with minimal effort. The new Tata Altroz will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20. Tata Motors also revealed the Altroz EV at the 89th Geneva Motor Show.

When it comes to design, the Tata Altroz like the Harrier SUV (H5X) before it has retained most of the design cues from when we first saw it as the 45X concept at the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Up front, the Tata Altroz features an aggressive and sleeker version of Tata's Humanity line grille with a split lighting setup similar to the one seen on the Harrier SUV. However, unlike the SUV, the headlamps of the Altroz are placed in the upper pods that flank the grille while what appear to be the fog lamps and LED DRLs are situated in the lower pod. The bonnet features multiple creases that give it a rather muscular look.

When viewed from the side, the Altroz takes the design drama to a whole new level. The flared wheel arches look nice but it is the sunken in glasshouse section that really draws attention towards itself. The blacked-out window frames add a touch of class (finally a car without chrome) to the design and the hidden handles in the frame of the rear doors are rather cool as well. The Altroz show car at the Geneva Motor Show sits on 5-spoke alloy wheels, which are quite pleasing to the eyes. The Altroz show car also featured a blacked out roof.

Move to the rear and the surprises continue to pop out. The rear window is quite steeply raked and above it sits what appears to be a spoiler. The taillights of the premium hatchback are smoked giving the Altroz a rather distinct look. For those who spot the new car and cannot figure out what it is, Tata has spelt out the name of the Altroz at the bottom of the hatch door.

Tata Motors has not revealed any details about the powertrains of either the Altroz or its EV sibling. The fossil-fuel powered Altroz, though is expected to borrow the engine and transmission options from the Nexon compact SUV, though the powerplants could arrive in a higher state of tune.

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Article Published On: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 15:28 [IST]
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