Tata is developing a C-segment sedan based on the Altroz to rival the likes of Maruti Ciaz, upcoming Honda City and Hyundai Verna facelift.
Tata Altroz has given its manufacturer a pretty good start to the year 2020. With the Altroz, the carmaker has ticked most of the right boxes to develop a likeable premium hatchback. What's even better is that Tata Motors is now developing a C-segment sedan based on its latest hatchback. In a recent development, our sister publication, Indian Autos Blog, has revealed an official document confirming of the same. The Altroz-based sedan will rival the likes of upcoming Honda City and Maruti Ciaz but will feature all the attributes of its donor hatchback.
The Peregrin and automatic variants of Altroz will feature an electrronic parking brake.
The leaked documents appear to be a safety test priority chart used while testing the electronic parking brake mechanism on the Altroz-based sedan. It can be seen that the documents mention of acronyms like the ASIL and EPB at quite a few places, which stands for Automotive Safety Integrity Level and Electronic Parking Brake, respectively. The chart has specified some operations as ASIL D, which means that an in-depth attention has to be levied in order to avoid the failure of the particular operation, since ASIL D specifies that failure might result in serious injury and death.
Leaving the engineering jargon aside, the Altroz sedan is codenamed as X452, while the project is internally named 'Peregrin'. This project was earlier rumoured to be axed to develop a B-SUV, but things now seem to be back on track.
In terms of looks, the Peregrin will be similar to the Altroz till b-pillar, after which, the roof will start sloping down to tmeet the 3rd box of the car. It is also expected to have regular door handles at the rear in place of the fancy C-pillar mounted door handle seen on the Altroz. A larger part of the car is expected to be inspired by Tata’s E-Vision concept, thus, it is expected to carry sleeker design elements all around.
Tata Altroz sedan will compete against the upcoming Honda City.
The Peregrin will be underpinned by the same ALFA-Arc platform as the Altroz. However, the engine options are expected to be a little different than those of the Altroz. A Nexon-sourced 1.2L 3-cylinder turbo-petrol with a power output of 120 PS is expected to be on the cards along with the 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel that currently powers the hatchback sibling.
The test mules of X452 sedan are under development and the current focus of the carmaker is on Tata Hornbill, which happens to be the production version of the HBX and H2X concept. Thus, the sub-compact sedan is expected to be unveiled early next year.