The new premium hatch from Tata will come with the Harrier inspired dashboard and instrument cluster.
Tata Motors has been on a product offensive since the launch of the Tiago. The company has launched various products in a variety of segments and have received an exceedingly good response to almost all of them. Tata Motors is now planning to introduce two new products in 2019 based on the Impact 2.0 design language. The first one being the Harrier and the next, the Tata X451 premium hatchback (could be called Aquilla) based on the Tata 45X concept shown at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Tata has been testing the X451 hatchback on the Indian soil ever since. Many exterior spy-shots have surfaced suggesting that the X451 hatchback will be heavily inspired by the 45X concept. The interiors of the car which were closely guarded have finally surfaced.
The interior, as one can see is quite similar to that of the Harrier. The centre console will feature a floating touch-screen infotainment unit like the Nexon and the Harrier. The physical controls for the infotainment screen will be located below the AC vents with the hazard activation lamp fitted in between.
The touch-screen looks quite similar to the Harrier and is likely to be more than 7.0-inches in size. What is also similar to the Harrier are the AC controls located in the lower part of the dashboard. The spy-shot also reveals a flat-bottom steering wheel for enhanced handling and aesthetic appeal. The gear lever appears to be a brand new unit hinting at a 5-speed manual transmission.
The cabin looks like it is finished in piano black and Tata has promised the new design philosophy will ensure new interior themes and high-quality materials. The engine start/stop button and 12V charging sockets can also be seen. The AC vents are different from those seen in the Harrier but the instrument binnacle is inspired by the bigger SUV.
Speaking of the instrument cluster, the first picture of the instrument cluster has also surfaced. The instrument cluster gets a 7.0-inch TFT display that houses a tachometer and a highly detailed trip computer, much like the Harrier. The speedometer will remain analogue. The tachometer is marked all the way to 8000 RPM, meaning the car spied had a petrol engine.
Tata will generously equip the car with features such as a cooled glovebox, a JBL sourced audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, parking camera, drive modes and multiple airbags in the interest of safety.
Exact engine details are unknown but it is very likely that the X451, better known by the concept name 45X will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel powerplants. The car will get a manual and an automatic transmission. Some sources say that the automatic transmission will be a dual-clutch unit which Tata is currently developing, however, in the interest of costs, Tata could just use an AMT.
This will be Tata’s most premium hatchback and will take on the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz and Hyundai Elite i20. With sharp styling and well-kitted interiors, Tata will do everything to entice the premium segment buyer. If the past experience is anything to go by, the 45X will marginally undercut some rivals but with so much to offer, don’t expect it to be the cheapest in the segment. The launch is scheduled towards the end of 2019.
Tata 45X Interior
– The interior of the production-spec 45X will be inspired from the Harrier
– Floating touch-screen and a part digital console will be featured
– Tata working on class-leading equipment and high-quality materials
Spy Images Source – GaadiWaadi.com