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Tata Punch unveiled in India and bookings are now open. The new Tata Punch is a micro-SUV from Tata Motors and it will sit just below the Tata Nexon.
During the Q&A session, it was revealed that the Tata Punch might be launched on October 20, and the deliveries will commence immediately after that.
It is clear that Tata Motors has kept high expectations on the Tata Punch, and has shipped the vehicle to many dealers across India weeks before the launch.
With the unveil of Tata Punch in India, Tata Motors might be aiming to attract the hatchback segment customers of other brands by offering them a micro-SUV. Speaking of attracting customers, the booking amount for Tata Punch is set at Rs 21,000.
The exterior design of the Tata Punch looks butch and stays true to the original Tata HBX concept car. However, there were few changes made to the exterior design to make the micro-SUV more practical.
These changes include more practical front and rear bumpers, road-biased tyres instead of knobby off-road tyres, alloy wheels, and colour schemes.
Starting with the front-end, the tall bonnet and the upright nose along with the split headlamps gives the Tata Punch an imposing stance while keeping the overall design contemporary.
Moving onto the sides, Tata Punch looks well proportioned despite being a sub-4m SUV. This is helped by the squared-off wheel arches and black cladding on the sides.
Moving onto the rear, the tri-arrow LED taillights add a sense of sophistication and are perfectly judged to look well proportioned. Along with that, the black cladding from the sides merge with the rear bumper to add ruggedness to the overall design.
Adding to the ruggedness of the Tata Punch is the 187mm ground clearance and water wading capacity of 370mm.
On the inside, the interior design also reflects the exterior design with a good blend of sophistication and ruggedness.
The first thing you would notice inside is the black squared-off AC vents with chunky surrounds and the large 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system placed on the dashboard.
The dual-tone dashboard looks simple and the lighter tone on the dashboard divides the dashboard into three horizontal sections and accentuates the width of the cabin. Tata Motors also claims that the Tata Punch offers best-in-class hip room and shoulder room.
Along with this, the new Tata Punch also offers a large boot space with a boot capacity of 366-litres.
Tata Motors has not skimped on any tech and the new Tata Punch comes packed with features such as a semi-digital instrument console, a large 7-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, iRA connected car tech,
multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, natural voice recognition function for voice commands, smart keyless entry, push-button start/stop, power-operated ORVMs with auto-folding, cruise control and many more.
Speaking of safety, the Tata Punch is underpinned by the same ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform that underpins the Tata Altroz and it is also the first Tata SUV to use this platform. So, expect some class-leading safety standards.
The Tata Punch also comes with some advanced safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and cornering stability control, ISOFIX child seats, first-in-segment ‘Brake Sway Control', and many more.
Powering the Tata Punch is a New Gen 1.2L Revotron petrol engine with ‘Dynapro Technology', which is essentially a ram air intake system. Tata Motors claims that this system improves combustion efficiency and provides better low-end torque.
We expect this engine to produce around 85 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. This engine will come with a choice of either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
Tata Motors says that the AMT gearbox in the Tata Punch is augmented with altitude adjusted mapping. Along with this, Tata Motors claims that the Tata Punch can do 0-60 kmph and 0-100kmph sprint in 6.5 seconds and 16.5 seconds, respectively.
Tata Punch also comes with ‘Terrainpro' technology that urges the driver to activate the system when the car detects traction loss. Once activated, the system will lay a set of instructions on the infotainment screen to guide the driver.
The new Tata Punch is available in 4 trim levels and comes with 7 different exterior colour choices. However, the AMT gearbox is not available with the base trim level.
The new Tata Punch is now open for bookings at 1000+ showrooms across India and the booking amount is set at Rs 21,000.
Thoughts About Tata Punch
As a micro-SUV, the Tata Punch punches way above its weight with good features and eye-catching design.
The success of Tata Punch is going to be a game-changer for Tata Motors. Though Tata Motors seems to have delivered a solid product, the success of Tata Punch will lie in the pricing of the vehicle.