While other automakers announce the discontinuation of their sub-4 metre diesel cars prior to the BS-VI rollout, Tata Motors plans to offer a diesel engine in the Altroz. Moreover, in a fresh development, the company might launch this sub-4 metre car with only a diesel engine. Most customers demand a petrol engine in the segment in which the Altroz falls in.
The engine in question is a slightly detuned version of the Nexon’s 1.5-litre Revotorq turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The maximum power and maximum torque are expected to be lowered from 110 PS and 260 Nm respectively to 93 PS and 210 Nm. While the original version comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, the detuned version will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The petrol engine of the Tata Altroz, expected to be released at a later stage, will be a detuned version of the Tata Nexon's 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged three-cylinder unit. The revised version develops 75 kW (102 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 1,750-4,000 rpm, and it is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Last year, there were rumours of an all-new 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine along with a mild-hybrid system option. A dual-clutch automatic transmission option is also in the rumour mill.
The Tata Altroz is based on the in-house developed Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) architecture and is the second offering after the Tata Harrier to follow Impact Design 2.0 philosophy. It will be offered with features like projector headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, semi-digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android.
The Tata Altroz is likely to be launched in July this year and will be pitted against the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz.
[Source - Team-BHP]