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Tata Motors is expected to launch a more powerful version of its premium hatchback, the Altorz in the Indian market. During the launch of the hatchback earlier this year, the company had confirmed that they will introduce a performance version at a later date.
Spy images from Rushlane, reveals a completely camouflaged mule testing on Indian streets. Since the company has already launched both petrol and diesel variants of the hatchback already, this leaves the test mule spotted to be a turbo-petrol variant that was confirmed for launch.
The upcoming variant of the Altroz is expected to feature a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine borrowed from the Tata Nexon compact-SUV in the brand's line-up. However, the engine is expected to undergo a retune on the Altroz. Additionally, it could also feature the 1.2-litre engine that powered the Tiago and the Tigor JTP models, that were recently discontinued.
Putting things in perspective, the 1.2-litre engine on the Nexon produces a maximum power of 118bhp at 5500rpm and a peak torque of 170Nm between 1750rpm and 4000rpm. However, the engines on the JTP models were only BS4-compliant and produced 114bhp and 150Nm peak torque. Either of these engines is expected to be featured on the upcoming Altroz Turbo variant.
The engine is expected to come mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox, with an optional dual-clutch transmission. Additionally, the Altroz turbo variant could also feature paddle shifters adding to the sporty characteristics.
The company could also make a few subtle changes to the exterior and interiors of the turbo-petrol hatchback. This could be similar to the ones that were made to the JTP models with added trims and red accents.
Apart from the upcoming turbo-petrol engine, the Tata Altroz is currently offered with two other engine options: the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 85bhp and 113Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit that puts out 89bhp and 200Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission. The company is currently not offering an automatic transmission on the Altroz even as an option.
The hatchback features LED DRLs, LED taillights, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a semi-digital instrument cluster, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features a flat-bottom steering wheel with mounted controls.
The Tata Altroz is the company's first offering in the premium hatchback segment in the country. It rivals the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20, the Toyota Glanza, the Volkswagen Polo and the Honda Jazz in the Indian market. Speaking of which, the company has released a new advert comparing the Altroz to its rivals — here are more details.
Thoughts About The Tata Altroz Turbo-Petrol Spotted Testing Ahead Of Launch
The fan base for turbo-petrol engines is growing by the numbers, especially after new emission norms came into effect in India. Auto manufacturers feel turbo-petrol engines are a better alternative to diesel-powered units. Once launched, the Tata Altroz turbo variant is expected to be a popular choice among enthusiasts.