Tata Motors is all set to launch its first ever micro-SUV, the Punch.
It is the first SUV from Tata Motors to be built on ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture), developed under Impact 2.0 design language.
The Punch is targeted towards millennials wanting a car with sporty elements, rugged looks as well as a good presence.
It is a good choice for regular city commute as well as performance on highways or tough roads.
Its appearance is marked by bold looks at the front and rear.
It has a chunky lower section which does not have any skid plates but has a big black cladding flanked by a set of tail lights.
A sneak peek video also shows off arrow-shaped wrap-around tail lights in sync with the arrow-shaped design of the boot lid.
At the front, there are Harrier-like LED DRL units along with headlights, a wide bonnet design and a pronounced grille.
The alloy design stands out and large wheel arches help tackle tough roads.
At the rear, there is a sculpted tailgate with a Tata badge positioned in the middle.
The car’s sportiness is highlighted by the high set rear bumper with vertical reflectors and faux air vents.
The bumper is positioned in a way to provide protection to the bodywork if the car gets rear ended.
Other features at the back include high-mounted stop lamp, rear wiper, and tailgate integrated spoiler.
The Punch will be equipped with:
- Touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Steering wheel with mounted controls
- Semi-digital instrument cluster
- Contrast interior highlights
- Push-button start/stop
One can expect cabin features in tune with some of the modern techniques, design language among others.
There are squarish air vents and off-road themed additions like faux tied-down straps and a compass which gives the dashboard a unique boxy theme.
It is likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre NA petrol and the turbo version of the same engine with a five-speed manual and AMT transmission option..
The petrol engine is the same as in the Tiago and Altroz.
It produces 86PS at 6,000rpm and 113 Nm at 3,300rpm.
Competition, Launch, Price
Earlier known as the HBX, the Punch will compete with Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100
and the upcoming Hyundai micro-SUV, likely to be called Casper.
Launch will take place ahead of the festive season and is likely to cost between Rs 5-8.5 lakhs.