The 2021 Tata Altroz iTurbo was only recently revealed to the world. A hatchback that was on the waiting list of several eager individuals, including us auto journalists, the Altroz iTurbo has been a long-time coming. Don’t get me wrong, the standard version of the Tata Altroz is a pretty good car. It is one of the safest cars that you can currently buy in India, and comes with a 5-star GNCAP safety rating. That, in itself, is one of the highest praises a relatively affordable mass-market car can achieve. However, while that is a pretty stellar accomplishment, the Altroz wasn’t really known to be a thrilling machine to drive.
And one of the main reasons for this particular drawback was the Altroz’s lackluster engine options. What this hatchback desperately needed was a livelier powerplant – something Tata Motors has given it now. While many of us knew what would go on to become the Altroz’s new heart, it was finally confirmed by Tata. It is a turbo-petrol motor picked right out of the Nexon crossover SUV. In the 2021 Altroz iTurbo (as it is called), this 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine pumps out 108hp and 140Nm. This means that the new Altroz iTurbo makes about 24hp and 27Nm more than the standard Altroz petrol variant.
While these numbers may not seem like all that much, they do manifest themselves in the real world. For instance, the 2021 Altroz iTurbo takes less than 12 seconds to breach the 100 kmph mark. The same feat in the standard petrol version Altroz would take long enough for you to lose interest in the task. Do keep in mind that, apart from the new engine, the Tata Altroz iTurbo gets the same 5-speed manual gearbox. This goes to show the importance of a good turbo-petrol engine in a car that warrants it. Moreover, the Altroz iTurbo will likely get a fancy 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in the near future.
Depending on how this 7-speed gearbox is tuned, it might make the Tata Altroz iTurbo even faster. After all, a wet-clutch system such as this one does have the potential to snap through gears quicker than a dry-clutch system. Tata said that the Altroz iTurbo will also be equipped with a special ‘Sports’ mode – the standard car doesn’t that. However, having said all that, the rest of the iTurbo will be comparable to the standard Altroz. So depending on the trim level, you will still get plenty of useful features. The list will include a 7-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, voice commands, cruise control, automatic climate control, and a Harman audio system.