Launched earlier this year, the Tata Altroz has gone on to become a worthy alternative to the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. The Altroz is based on the 45x concept and goes on to come across as the most stylish hatchback in the market. It’s available with petrol as well as a diesel engine option. The former comes from the Tiago while the latter has been sourced from the Nexon, albeit, it’s being used in a lower state of tune and with a different transmission. While the diesel version never comes across as underpowered, the petrol version can surely do with some more punch as the performance from the Tiago-sourced engine is, at best, ordinary.
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And it sure looks like Tata Motors has finally taken this into account. Earlier, there were many speculations that the company has been working on a JTP version in order to come up with a hot hatchback version. However, with the dissolution of JTP, there won’t be a JTP version but simply a more powerful variant that will be known as the Tata Altroz Turbo. The said model was spied recently and will soon launch to take on the VW Polo GT TSI.
While the spy images that have been floating on the cyberspace only reveal the rear-end, it doesn’t look like the new model would get any visual add-ons, except, perhaps the Tectonic Blue paint scheme, a colour option of the BS6 Tata Tiago, and the TURBO badge mounted on the lower right side of the hatch gate. It must be noted here that many months ago, a Tata Altroz turbo petrol was spotted testing in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu with a heavy amount of camouflage. What’s important to mention here that Jayem Automotives, the erstwhile partner in JTP, is based out of Coimbatore and is even one of the major suppliers for the engine components to the homegrown carmaker.
At this stage, the mechanical specifications of the upcoming Tata Altroz turbo model are not available with us. However, the new model is likely to get its power from an updated version of the 1.2-litre Revotron turbo petrol engine that can be found under the hood of the Nexon. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a standard 6-speed manual unit and an optional DCT, which will be the first-ever dual-clutch transmission on any Tata model. For the Tata Nexon, this 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine outputs a maximum power of 118 BHP and a peak torque of 170 Nm.
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