Tata Altroz NRG would be the carmaker's choice of weapon to fight against the likes of Honda WR-V and Ford Freestyle. Here's how it would look like, take a look,
Hatchbacks are highly loved around the world. They are small and affordable, thus attract a lot of buyers toward themselves. But, with an increasing affinity towards SUV, carmakers have tried a blend of hatchbacks and SUVs in the form of Cross-hatches. The trend first started with VW Cross Polo and Hyundai i20 Active in the country, and then the race was joined by almost every carmaker, incluing Honda, which launched the WR-V. The Jazz-based model, along with Ford Freestyle and Tata Tiago NRG, have been the most loved product of this type. And, now Tata might follow a similar course of action to boost Altroz’s sale as well. But, how would the Altroz NRG look like? Our in-house designer Shoeb R. Kalania has a digital rendering for you folks, take a look.
To start with, the Altroz gets a full black cladding on the front facet, sides, and the rear facet. The cladding gives it a rugged appeal overall. Also, redesigned alloy wheels are used, which fills the wheel arches completely. On the top, the car has been fixed with a set of nice and sleek roof rails. Apart from the cladding, thin scuff plates are also added to the car’s front and rear end. Another modification that goes into the Altroz to give it the NRG badge is the jacked-up suspension. This way the Altroz gets a slight hike in its ground clearance.
Tata offers Altroz with 2 engine options: 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel. The 1.2L petrol motor is a 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated setup that is capable of putting out 86 PS of peak power and 113 Nm of peak torque. The 1.5L diesel, however, is a turbocharged unit here and therefore propels 90 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of max. torque. Altroz is offered with a 5-speed MT only, and there isn’t any option of an automatic transmission yet.
With the arrival of NRG, we would expect Tata Motors to plonk-in a tractable petrol motor under the Altroz’s hood. The 1.2L N/A unit appears potent on paper but misses out delivering that punch in the real-world scenario. However, rumours suggest that Tata Motors is planning to launch a turbo-petrol version of the Altroz later this year. And, it will offer higher performance and better fuel efficiency in comparison to the outgoing 1.2L unit.