In a level-playing field, the Altroz is a left field player. While the car has the oomph, there was not really any go associated especially with the petrol engine. Couple that to the choice of only a manual transmission. Tata Motors believes that all this might change with the addition of a turbo petrol in the lineup. In comes the new Tata Altroz iTurbo. A higher strung turbo petrol with a manual,again. Tata Motors believes it has the right ammo this time to take on the fresh competition by the name of the Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Honda Jazz. The launch event will take place on January 22 whereas the test drives as well as bookings begin today. The amount for the latter is fixed at Rs 11,000 and open at showrooms as well as online.
Tata Altroz iTurbo specs, features, claimed mileage
The Tata Altroz iTurbo uses a 1.2-litre turbocharged multiport fuel injection motor. This engine makes 110PS of power and 140Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 0-100kmph time of 12 seconds whereas the claimed mileage is 18.13kmpl. While the power output seems okay, the torque is lower than that of even the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. There are three driving modes – City, Eco and Sport.
Tata Motors says that there will be three variants of the Altroz iTurbo on sale, including a new XZ+ trim. This one brings in dual-tone colours, leatherette seats, iRA connectivity, two tweeters, Xpress Cool function, one shot up power windows, and personalised wallpaper on infotainment system. A new Harbour Blue colour too has been introduced. The weight of the car has gone up by 35-30kg depending on the variant now.
The Altroz should still be a 5-star safety rated car as nothing much has changed to it physically. In fact, apart from the iTurbo badge, there is no visual differentiator as well.
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