The company Tata Motors is preparing to launch sales of the compact hatchback Altroz, which is positioned as a “premium city car”. Novelty is a ground clearance of 165 mm and, according to estimates by the Indian branch of the AutoCar, will cost from 500 thousand rupees 7000 dollars.
Tata, the largest carmaker of India, however, a modular “trolley” ALFA, which is easy to Altroz basis – a first for the automaker. Architecture-proven chassis: front suspension type McPherson, rear – semi-beam, drive to the front axle. New platform designed with the future release of hybrid and electric models of different size.
The wheelbase of the Indian hatchback Altroz 2.5 meters wide, and from front to rear bumper 3990 millimeters. Curb weight of new items – from 1.05 to 1.15 tonnes. At the start of sales Altroz will be offered with three-cylinder gasoline engine 1.2 a capacity 77 horsepower (86 Nm of torque) and diesel “turboservice” capacity of 1.5 liter capacity of 90 horsepower (200 lb-ft of torque). Both engines are combined with five-speed “mechanics”.
Powertrains and overall dimensions of Tata Altroz chosen: the local law provides for tax breaks for vehicles shorter than four metres with petrol engines less than 1.2-liter and diesel engines of less than 1.5 liters.
The interior of the hatchback is equipped with multimediasystem with 7-inch touch screen with support for voice commands, the top versions are equipped with cruise control, a virtual instrument panel, engine start button and the background lighting. Within six months, Tata will release a “two pedal drive” version with robotized transmission of its own design and a 102-horsepower turbo engine 1.2.
Sale Tata Altroz in the domestic market will begin in the coming weeks. The Indian compact car will have to compete with Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz. It is expected that the price maximum equipped version with a turbodiesel not previsit 800 thousand rupees ($11 200). After a year, Tata plans to start mass production of fully electric version Altroz EV with a range of up to 300 kilometers.
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