TATA’s new premium hatchback Altroz which will go up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20 is set to be offered in three engine options – One diesel and two petrol Engines. The base petrol will be the Tiago’s 85hp, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder engine. Higher variants will get the Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbo petrol tuned to give a power output of 102hp and 140Nm of torque.
As it is a hatchback and lighter in built, the engines are detuned which will improve efficiency. Furthermore, the diesel option which was not confirmed by the company earlier will also be a detuned version of Nexon 1.5L diesel unit.
TATA claims that Altroz will have a class leading performance as the Premium Hatchback is over 200kg lighter than the Nexon, and compared to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20, Altroz promises more power-to-weight ratio.
The reason for detuning the engines is the size of transmission system. It will use Tiago’s 5-speed TA-65 gearbox which has a lower power and torque rating instead of Nexon’s heavy duty 6-speed T6300 gearbox. Why? because TATA engineers were unable to pack the bigger Transmission system in the small hatchback. This hatchback will see the daylight in the second half of the year and will be priced competitively.