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Tata Punch unveiled ahead of October 20 launch: Squared-up

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Tata Motors has officially unveiled its smallest SUV to date, the Punch. It is based on the same ALFA platform as the Altroz, will be fitted with the same 1.2-liter 85bhp petrol engine and will share some of its features and technology. But this is where the similarities seem to end. We’ll have to see it in person to be sure, but the Tata Punch looks more or less like a small crossover. – it’s bulkier than tall hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, but less upright than its sibling, the Nexon. In fact, it looks a lot like the Tata HBX concept that was shown at Auto Expo 2020.

The nose has Tata’s signature “human grille” in a slimmer form, and the split headlight configuration seen on the big SUVs from the Indian marque’s stable like the Harrier and Safari. In profile, the body cladding, 187mm ground clearance (unladen) and higher profile 195/60 rubber on the 16-inch alloy rims give it the requisite SUV design cues. Tata even claims its crossing of 370mm of water and has approach, departure and ramp angles at 20.3-degree, 37.6-degree, and 22.2-degree angles, respectively. The rear sports a sculpted tailgate, integrated roof spoiler and tail lights with a Y-shaped LED element, similar to those on the HBX. There are a total of seven color options available with the Punch, although only the top trim benefits from additional two-tone color options.

The Punch’s cabin sports a two-tone silver and black theme, and the straight lines on the dashboard and rectangular air vents are meant to promote a sense of width. The feature list for the top-of-the-line Creative variant includes automatic headlights and wipers, auto-folding ORVMs, automatic climate control, refrigerated glovebox, cruise control, keyless access, and a display display. 7-inch TFT instrument footprint, 7-inch screen touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, four speakers and two tweeters, driver’s seat height adjustment, rear camera and wiper – rear window. All four variants (Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative) come with two airbags, ABS with EBD and cornering stability control, Isofix child seat supports, and new technology Tata calls “Brake Sway Control”. This technology is intended to reduce side sway during hard braking. A puncture repair kit is standard, as is a spare tire.

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Tata also offers customization packs for each of the four variants. The Rhythm Pack adds a 4-inch touchscreen, four speakers, and steering wheel controls to the entry-level Pure trim, while the same pack adds the 7-inch touchscreen, two tweeters, and a rear camera. with the Adventure trim. The Dazzle pack adds 16-inch alloys, LED DRLs, and projector headlights to the Accomplished variant, while the IRA pack adds Tata’s connected car technology to the Creative trim.

As mentioned earlier, the same 1199cc three-cylinder engine from the Altroz, Tiago, and Tigor is used in the Punch, but Tata says it’s been tuned for better low-end torque and to make sure that there is always enough air going to the engine to mitigate the stall in high altitude conditions. 0-60 km / h is said to take 6.5 seconds, while 100 km / h takes 16.5 seconds. This naturally aspirated unit comes with idle start-stop technology to improve fuel efficiency and will be available with 5-speed manual transmission options and 5-speed AMT with the top three variants. AMT variants also benefit from traction modes, which use the brakes to prevent slipping in low traction conditions.

A diesel engine option, a turbo-gasoline, and even a battery-powered engine are on the cards, but it will only come if there is a significant demand for them.

Reservations for the Tata Punch opened today for an amount of Rs 21,000, and prices are expected to be announced on October 20. We’ll be driving the new Tata SUV tomorrow, so stay tuned for more updates.

Mildred Lasky

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