The Tata 45X (Tata Aquilla/Tata X451), among several firsts for the brand, will debut a mild-hybrid system. According to Team-BHP forum member RavenAvi, Tata Motors will offer this fuel-sipping tech in only the petrol configurations.
Tata Motors will offer the 45X with a newly-developed 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine. Also, while Maruti Suzuki is most likely to discontinue diesel engine option in its hatchbacks with the BSVI rollout, economics for a BSVI diesel engine in the 45X are somehow working out for Tata Motors. It is expected that the company will employ a 1.5-litre four-cylinder mill in the diesel 45X.
In November last year, RavenAvi had said that Tata Motors will offer a mild-hybrid system as an option in the Tata 45X petrol. In the latest revelation, there’s no mention of this technology being an optional or a standard fitment. However, it is said that there’s no plan to offer it in the Tata 45X diesel. The diesel configurations will feature cruise control, though. The source providing the new details has said that the car’s “doors close with a loud thud,” generally considered a sign of good quality.
Tata Motors is developing the 45X on the basis of the Common Modular Platform (CMP), which it is marketing as Alfa-Arc, an abbreviation for ‘Agile Light Flexible Advanced’ Architecture. This platform is compatible with electric powertrains as well.
Tata Motors will unveil the 45X in near-production form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show that will run from 5-17 March. The company will use the opportunity of its presence at this year’s Swiss show to debut an electric variant of this concept hatchback. The market launch of the standard variant will likely take place by July this year. The pure electric variant, if given the green signal, will arrive much later.