Tata Motors, the homegrown automaker is all set to unveil its newest offering in India - the Tata Punch small SUV. The SUV, which will be introduced in an almost non existent segment - micro/ small SUV will be unveiled today with the launch scheduled somewhere in between the festive season. You can watch the live unveiling of the Tata Punch and understand what all the SUV will offer here -
The earlier released image of the Punch by the company gave a clear insight into how to car will look from outside. It was also revealed that the car will be based on the Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) platform and is wrapped up in a black body cladding giving it reinforced protection. The Tata Punch carries over the H2X concept’s upright stance, beefy front end and muscular wheel arches – elements that will surely attract the SUV-loving crowd.
By the looks of it, the interiors look minimalistic with a mid-sized infotainment screen, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, sitting in the middle. The AC vents in the cabin are covered with a blue boundary, giving it just the right contrast aside from the white. The white-blue tone is complemented with an overall shade of black, packing the palette nicely. Tata Punch is based on the same platform as Tata Altroz. Hence, a few characteristics from the latter is borrowed by the former.
Unveiling of the interiors of the Micro-SUV also showcased only two pedals under the wheel, hinting that the vehicle will also come with a AMT transmission. While the Tata Punch is expected to only be offered in petrol form, it’s likely to have both the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine option (as seen in the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz) as well as the turbocharged engine option (as seen in the Altroz). Gearbox options for the Tata HBX will also include a five-speed manual unit.
For now, the Tata Punch will have competition in the form of long-forgotten Mahindra KUV100. However, the real competition will be indirect rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Baleno and Hyundai i20. That said, Hyundai is also developing a mini-SUV of its own (codename AX1) which will most likely be called Casper, which is set to arrive in India next year. Expect the upcoming Tata Punch to be priced in the range of Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom).