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Tata Motors has silently updated the dashboard of the Tata Altroz in the country. The company has removed the physical buttons used to control the infotainment system from the dashboard of the premium hatchback.
The Tata Altroz had a set of buttons and two rotary knobs. The physical helped in the navigation of various functions on the touchscreen infotainment system. This includes volume operation, changing tracks, accessing the phonebook and more.
However, according to the video posted by AutoTrend TV, the physical buttons placed below the centre air-con vents have been removed. It has been replaced with the bold ‘Altroz' lettering finished in chrome.
The physical buttons interface have now been digitally integrated inside the seven-inch floating touchscreen unit. Users can still navigate using a couple of buttons placed on the multi-function steering wheel.
The Altroz is the second model that has lost the physical button after the Tata Nexon. The company is yet to make an official statement for the new update. However, we believe it could be to create a seamless design by removing the redundant buttons on its models.
The touchscreen infotainment now features the brand's iRA voice assistant technology. iRA will allow users to connect to the car via a dedicated smartphone application enabling a host of features. This includes location-based services, remote functions and live vehicle diagnostics; among others.
The infotainment system also features voice assistance, capable of understanding over 70 commands in English, Hindi and even Hinglish. This serves as another interface for users to control the infotainment system on the premium hatchback.
The Altroz premium hatchback is offered in three engine options: naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol unit and 1.5-litre diesel motor. The naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 85bhp and 113Nm of torque. While the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit puts out 89bhp and 200Nm of torque.
The top-spec 1.2-litre turbo-petrol unit produces 108bhp and 140Nm of peak torque. All engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, without an optional automatic transmission on offer.
Thoughts About The Tata Altroz Losing Physical Infotainment Buttons
The driver will mostly use the buttons placed on the steering wheel to control the infotainment system. With the introduction of iRA, now most of the features can be controlled using voice commands. As a result, having a third interface of physical buttons could have become redundant, which could have been the reason for the automaker to remove them.