Tata Altroz is quite a capable car, but it seems like Tata Motors developing a JTP version of the car to make it the most powerful hatchback in its lineup
Tata Motors had a great start to the year 2020, with 4 new launches in the Indian market. The manufacturer launched facelifted versions of Tiago, Tigor, and Nexon, while the only all-new car here being the Altroz. We recently told you that Altroz is doing better than how Tiago is performing on the sales chart.
The test mule spied on test look like the JTP version of the Altroz.
Well, the Altroz performs brilliantly on the roads as well. However, it seems like things are going to get a little more exciting in some time from now. Recently, an Altroz was spotted on test under heavy camouflage by Manoj Subramanian near Coimbatore. Since Coimbatore happens to be the home of Jayem Automotive, which is the partner firm of Tata’s performance car division - JTP (Jayem Tata Performance), we believe that the test mule could have been that of the Tata Altroz JTP.
Till now, only two cars in the company's stable have receivecd the JTP treatment, which include Tiago and Tigor. In comparison to their regular counterparts, these cars have a power bump of 30 PS with a peak output of 114 PS. In the Altroz JTP, the same Nexon-sourced 1.2L turbocharged petrol unit is expected to be tuned by the folks at Jayem to belt out an expected power figure of 120 PS and a max. torque output of 170 Nm.
In its current iteration, the Altroz is offered with 2 engine options – a 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol that produces 86 PS and 113 Nm, and a 1.5L turbo-diesel engine with a peak output of 90 PS and 200 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed manual transmission only. Tata Motors confirmed that a DCT will be offered in the later stage. However, we highly doubt if the Altroz JTP would be offered with a dual-clutch automatic unit as it would lead to quite an escalation in the prices.
With the JTP moniker, the Altroz will look better with some elements like functional air vents on bonnet and bumpers to cool down the engine and brakes. The car is also expected to get side skirts and bumper splitter to make it look even sportier. Once launched, the Tata Altroz JT would take on the VW Polo GT TSI, which comes equipped with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 7-speed DSG.