The all-new Tata Punch has been revealed in a first official image as a compact high-riding product that will be throwing its name in the ring where the Suzuki Ignis and company are currently battling it out.
The Tata Punch is based on the brand’s ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform and makes use of the Impact 2,0 design language as seen on the Altroz hatch. It’s understood that this new offering will boast measurements in line with the H2X concept, on which it was based. At 3 840 mm long, 1 822 mm wide and 1 635 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2 450 mm, it falls in line with everything else currently offered in the segment.
Engine options have not yet been detailed but India Car News reports that a naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1,2-litre three-cylinder unit may be available. These engines are likely to be paired with a five-speed manual or automated manual transmission. Drive modes could also be offered for a more in-depth motoring experience.
Although no images of the interior have surfaced as yet, the Tata Punch is likely to adopt a floating touchscreen infotainment system, multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, Harman audio system, semi-digital instrument console, ambient lighting, ABS with EBD, cornering stability and parking sensors.
Tata Motors President of the Passenger Vehicle Business Unit Shailesh Chandra says “Tata Punch, as the name suggest is an energetic vehicle with a capability to go anywhere. Light on its feet and strong in its caliber, this is a vehicle which truly punches above its weight. With the perfect combination of stunning design, technology and driving dynamics, the Punch will come equipped with superlative features and an architecture that has proven its versatility in all forms. True to the SUV genes of all Tata Motors’ products and catering to needs of customers who are looking for a compact city car with pure SUV characteristics, the Punch will be the fourth addition to our SUV family, widening the range of options for all to choose from.”
Although Tata is still operating in South Africa via its commercial offering, its passenger cars have faded away from local dealerships with the last product introduced here being the Bolt hatchback and sedan. There’s no indication from the local arm whether its new line-up will be entering South Africa as of yet.