Pretty much through most of late last year, the imminent arrival of a new turbo-petrol Tata Altroz was all the rage. After much anticipation, Tata Motors has finally taken the mask off of the 2021 Altroz iTurbo petrol. The unveiling of this new variant took place exactly a year after the launch of the very first Altroz. As many of us know by now, the Altroz is one of the Indian brand’s most celebrated models. Over the past year since its introduction, this hatchback has won several accolades – most notably for its impeccable safety score. During the same time period, Tata launched two new variants, including the mid-range XM+ and the fully-loaded XZ+. The new iTurbo petrol variant will bring in some freshness to the Altroz range, and also rope in new customers.
Tata Motors announced that it will be launching the new Altroz iTurbo on January 22, 2021. In the meantime, pre-launch bookings for the car are already underway all across the country. While it is a new variant, the 2021 Altroz iTurbo petrol isn’t exactly all that new in the typical sense. But regardless, it is good to finally have a solid number on this rather elusive car. Upon its launch, customers will be offered 5 different colors – Avenue White, Downtown Red, High Street Gold, Midtown Grey, and Harbour Blue. Moreover, the new Altroz iTurbo will be available in three trim levels – XT, XZ, and the range-topping XZ+. In the looks department, the Tata Altroz has had nothing to worry about, as it is a well-designed, stylish hatchback.
And because the iTurbo petrol variant is exactly the same as a standard Altroz, it too looks great. In fact, at first glance, there would be no easy to way tell this one apart from other Altroz variants. The only real giveaway here is the small “iTurbo” badge on the rear tailgate. In terms of its exterior dimensions as well, the new Altroz iTurbo is identical to the regular model. So it measures 3,990mm in length, 1,755mm in width, and 1,523mm in height. The wheelbase, at 2,501mm, remains the same as well. The 345-liter boot is the same too, while its overall size and shape is pretty decent. Except for the XT trim, the other two trims of the new Altroz iTurbo get 16-inch alloy wheels which are wrapped in 195-section tires.
Some parts of the interior of the Altroz iTurbo look quite sporty, mostly due to the grey & black finish. However, this particular finish is not specific to the iTurbo variant, but it still looks pretty decent. Some of its other features include selectable drive modes, push-button start, automatic climate control, perforated leatherette upholstery, and cruise control. But that is not all. The new Altroz iTurbo also comes with a rear armrest, height-adjustable driver’s seat, ambient mood lighting, two additional tweeters by Harman, and Intelligent Real time Assist or iRA. The latter is a new connected car technology and offers Altroz customers 27 different features, including Natural Voice Tech. Unlike many in-car virtual assistants, Natural Voice Tech has been designed in India, keeping Indian customers in mind. The Natural Voice Tech system in the Tata Altroz is fully-capable of understanding Hindi, English, and even Hinglish.
But what the Altroz iTurbo is mostly all about is its new 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. Borrowed straight from the Nexon, this three-popper has been detuned, but it still produces 108hp and 140Nm of torque. That is about 10hp and 30Nm less than what the Nexon gets, but that is quite alright. Given this new (and sprightlier) heart, the Altroz iTurbo will go from 0 to 100 kmph in approximately 12 seconds. While that isn’t a super impressive figure as such, it will make this iTurbo version far more engaging to drive. Oh, and the only transmission option for now is a 5-speed manual. Aside from that, Tata claims the Altroz iTurbo can achieve a combined-cycle fuel economy of over 18 kmpl. Those of you that are interested in the new Tata Altroz iTurbo, the pre-booking amount is Rs 11,000.