Tata Altroz will get electronic parking brake in the automatic variant. A powerful 120 PS unit is also expected to be on the cards.
Tata is developing a C-segment sedan based on the Altroz, which is internally named as Peregrin. We recently confirmed this news as we got our hands on an official document related to the safety parameter tests of the car. However, on a close look at the same document, it is revealed that Altroz would get an option of an electronic parking brake.
The X451 is the codename for the Altroz, while the X452 is the codename for the Peregrin.
The said document is a flow chart for safety parameters for two different cars, - X451 and X452, where the X452 is the Peregrin, while the X451 is the Altroz. Initially, when Tata Motors launched the Altroz, they confirmed that the car would soon be getting an option of a powerful petrol engine and an automatic gearbox. They also confirmed that the gearbox would not be a conventional fluid coupling or AMT type unit and thus, we expected it to be a faster dual-clutch unit. Although it is quite evident now, the carmaker will not use the mechanical handbrake on the automatic variant. Instead, the manufacturer will plonk in an electronic parking brake. The document also reveals that Tata is quite concerned about the setup to be a niggle-free affair as the manufacturer has rated the ASIL levels at D for the various function of the parking brake setup.
Currently, the Altroz is offered with two engine options – 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol motor that develops a peak power output of 86 PS and a max. torque of 113 Nm, and a 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine belting out 90 PS and 200 Nm as its max. output. The transmission duties are performed by a 5-speed manual transmission on both the engines.
A new 1.2L turbo-petrol unit is also expected to be introduced on the Altroz soon, with 120 PS and 170 Nm on tap in conjunction to a Hyundai-sourced 7-speed DCT. As the power delivery of the outgoing 83 PS petrol unit on the Altroz is diminutively exciting, we expect the Nexon-derived unit to offer much more enthralling driving experience. Also, the combination of a DCT will improve the things furthermore in terms of power delivery and in-gear roll-on acceleration. However, expect the automatic variant of the Altroz to carry a premium of around Rs. 60,000 – 80,000 over the current prices of respective variants of the car.