Tata’s Smallest SUV Price Announcement Event Begins 11:00 AM IST- Technology News, Firstpost
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Today is the day – the Tata Punch mini-SUV goes on sale across India, with pricing due to be announced shortly after 11:00 am IST. Reservations for the Punch – Tata’s smallest SUV to date – have been open at the company’s dealerships as well as on its website since early October, with a reservation amount set at Rs 20,000, and Tata has confirmed that ‘it would start deliveries shortly after the price announcement. today.
In terms of size, the Tata Punch is 3,827mm long, 1,615mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,445mm. Ground clearance is rated at 187mm (unladen) and trunk space is rated at 366 liters. The Punch has a 37-liter fuel tank, front disc brakes (rear drum brakes) and a curb weight for the mini-SUV ranges from 1,000 kg to 1,035 kg, depending on the variant. A total of seven color options will be available for the Punch.
The Punch will be available in four main trim levels – Pure, Adventure, Accomplished, and Creative. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice control functionality, engine start and stop button, height-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control are available on the Accomplied trim. 16-inch alloy wheels, partially digital instrument panel, projector headlights, automatic climate control, refrigerated glovebox, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and iRA Connected Car features offered on the Creative trim. The lower trims have 15-inch steel wheels, and the Adventure gets a smaller 4.0-inch infotainment screen.
In terms of safety, the Tata Punch is fitted as standard with two airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and the Brake Sway Control system, the first in the segment.
The Punch is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine developing 86 hp and 113 Nm of torque. The engine is equipped with Tata’s “DynaPro” technology that incorporates a dynamic air function, and the Punch can go 0-60 km / h in 6.5 seconds and 0-100 km / h in 16.5 seconds. Transmission options include a five-speed manual as well as a five-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Additionally, the Tata Punch will feature an engine start and stop function to help improve fuel efficiency. There won’t be a diesel engine option at this time, but Tata would develop an all-electric version of the Punch for the future.
Tata Motors added a first “Traction Pro” mode to the AMT version of the Punch, which engages the brakes to help the mini-SUV move on low-traction surfaces and avoid getting stuck in tricky situations on soft roads. To show that the Punch is a true SUV home, Tata Motors even shared a clip of the Punch driving to the top of Sandakphu mountain.
Featured at Auto Expo 2020 as a near-production H2X concept, the Punch is the second Tata model after the Altroz ââto be based on the company’s new age ALFA architecture. The Punch will be Tata Motors’ most affordable SUV and will fit under the Nexon in the company’s SUV lineup.
The Tata Punch takes over the upright stance of the H2X concept, beefy front end and muscular wheel arches – elements that are sure to attract the crowd of SUV enthusiasts. A few teasers shared online over the past few days also confirm that the Punch will retain some of the styling cues seen on the H2X concept, including its funky taillights. Martin Uhlarik, head of design at Tata, said the correct stance, wheel positioning and ride height were key to defining the proportions of the Punch, unlike other tall hatchbacks that have failed. to find takers because of their bizarre appearance.
Much like the exterior, the Tata Punch reflects the H2X concept on the interior, leaving out some elements of the concept car. The Punch’s dashboard has a straight, blocky look, sporting a two-tone gray and ivory theme. Many elements inside the Punch have been carried over from the Altroz, including its partially digital instrument panel, steering wheel and air conditioning switches.
For now, the Tata Punch is unlikely to have any direct rivals, and the models that come closest to it are the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the long forgotten Mahindra KUV100. That said, Hyundai is developing its own mini-SUV (codenamed AX1), which is expected to arrive in India next year. Expect Tata Punch prices to be in the range of Rs 5-7.5 lakh (ex-showroom).