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The upcoming Tata Altroz has been spied testing in the Himalayas alongside a Maruti Baleno RS ahead of its expected launch in June. Tata Motors had unveiled the Altroz (named after the Albatross) premium hatchback at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The video above was shot by Pritish Singh on the Kullu Manali highway as the two Tata prototypes were being put through their paces. This part of the high altitude testing program for the car is being put through ahead of its launch sometime next month. The new Altroz will be the most expensive hatchback in Tata's lineup in India and will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the upcoming Toyota Glanza.
While the two prototypes of the Tata Altroz were heavily camouflaged, the final car is expected to retain the look of the one unveiled in Geneva this March. The Altroz will be the first hatchback based on Tata's Impact Design 2.0 styling philosphy and the car will feature a split headlamp design along with a sharp looking front end.
The sleek grille will be flanked on either side by the top set of headlamps. The second part of the split headlamps will be housed in a seprate section on the front bumper which will also play host to the LED daytime running lights. The sides of the Baleno rivalling Altroz are quite sculpted while the rear end features a raked rear windscreen and sleek tail lights. The insides of the car are expected to feature a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment display along with a semi-digital intrument cluster and a flat bottomed steering wheel with audio controls among many other features.
Under the bonnet, the Tata Altroz is expected to feature three engine options — a lone diesel and two petrol. The lone diesel engine will be a deuned version of the Tata Nexon's engine which is expected to be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The base petrol engine will be the 1.2-litre engine from the Tiago which is expected to push out around 82bhp.
The more powerful petrol offering will be the turbocharged version of the same engine which is currently found only in the Nexon compact SUV. The turbocharged engine cranks out 108bhp and 170Nm of torque in the Nexon, but is expected to be sligtly less powerful under the bonnet of the much lighter Altroz.