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Tata Punch reaches dealerships before its official launch. It is the Indian brand's latest addition to its SUV portfolio.
Even before the official launch of the Tata Punch, Tata Motors has already started shipping the vehicle to its dealerships.
Apart from that, the latest pictures of the vehicle reveal many design traits of the Micro-SUV such as a multi-layered dashboard, dashboard-mounted infotainment, large rectangular air-con vents, decent sized boot, diamond-cut alloy wheels and many more.
Tata Punch is one of the most awaited SUVs in India and ever since the Tata HBX concept car was showcased a year ago at the Auto Expo, more people were curious and eager for the launch of the vehicle.
One of the highlights of the Tata Punch is its design and we are happy to report that the Tata Punch remains true to the HBX concept car as much as possible.
The design remains very little changed and the major differences lie in the front and rear bumpers that exclude the ginormous skid plates, knobby tyres, alloy wheels and colour schemes. Overall, the Tata Punch looks bold and SUV-ish despite the smaller dimensions.
A major contributor to the SUV-like stance is the tall and upright front section that commands attention and respect. As a whole package, the upcoming Tata Punch looks more like a chiselled Tata Harrier than a smaller Tata Nexon.
Though the new Tata Punch is a sub-4-metre SUV, it is positioned as a Micro-SUV. This means the upcoming Tata Punch will be smaller than the Tata Nexon SUV and will go up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100.
Apart from that, it will be Tata Motors first SUV to be built on the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform.
To justify the SUV roots, Tata Motors has added features such as Drive Modes and Terrain Response modes. Though this does not transform the Tata Punch to rival the best off-roaders in the country, it will help the owners tackle some tricky surfaces with relative ease.
Apart from this, the upcoming Tata Punch may get additional features such as hill-start assist and hill descent control to aid the driver.
Speaking about features, we expect Tata Motors to cram this Micro-SUV with gadgets and goodies such as a semi-digital instrument console, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, iRA connected car tech, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, smart keyless entry, push-button start/stop, power-operated ORVMs with auto-folding, cruise control and many more.
Since we already know that Tata Motors is currently making one of the safest cars in India, it is safe to bet that the Tata Punch will also follow the high safety standards set by the company with safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seats and a few more to keep its passengers safe.
We expect Tata Motors to use the existing line of powertrains from the Tata Altroz, this means it will be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine with 85Bhp and 113Nm of torque. However, a more powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 108Bhp and 140Nm of torque is also on the cards.
Gearbox options will include a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional AMT gearbox will also be offered to reduce the price gap between manual and automatic options. We also expect Tata Motors to price the Punch very aggressively to boost the initial sales despite the ongoing chip shortage.
Thoughts About Tata Punch Reaching Dealerships Before The Official Launch
It is clear that Tata Motors is betting big on Tata Punch and the excitement is high even at the dealership level. If Tata Motors could rightly price its latest SUV, it is going to be a game-changer for Tata Motors in the Micro-Suv segment.