Tata Motors recently announced the name of its upcoming compact SUV. It is named as Punch and according to reports it is loaded with features and will be launched during Diwali. Tata Punch was one of the most awaited car launches of this year, which was recently unveiled in the country.
Even though the upcoming Tata Punch is an SUV under 4-metres in length, it is positioned below the Tata Nexon as a ‘Micro-SUV’. Tata Punch will also be the first SUV from Tata Motors to be built on the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform. The Tata Punch looks more like a smaller version of Tata Harrier rather than a hatchback with raised suspension. However, Tata Motors has toned down the aggression from the original HBX Concept but the overall design and silhouette still remain the same for a bold SUV-ish stance.
It is expected that Tata Motors will come with features such as Drive Modes and Terrain Response modes as a feature on higher-end variants to justify the SUV stance. Even though this feature will not make the Tata Punch a standout , it will help the micro-SUV further into broken patches and rough terrains with ease. Along with this, we also expect Tata Motors to add few additional features such as hill start assist and hill descent control to aid the driver in tricky conditions.
Tata Motors to come loaded with a semi-digital instrument console, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, iRA connected car tech, a flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, smart keyless entry, push-button start/stop, power-operated ORVMs with auto-folding, cruise control and many more.
Tata Punch is more likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine with 86PS and 113Nm of torque. However, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 110PS and 140Nm of torque is more likely to be offered in a higher trim level at least as an option.
Tata Punch is most likely to be offered with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, however, an AMT gearbox will be offered at least as an option. When launched, Tata Punch will directly compete with Maruti Suzuki Ignis and take on many other hatchbacks too.