This diesel variant of the Tata Punch was spied in Pune
The recently launched Tata Punch has been spied at a fuel outlet drinking diesel, signalling the fact that the model will be launched soon.
Launched in October, the small crossover currently comes with a single engine option – a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol motor tuned to produce 86 PS and 113 Nm of torque.
However, a week before the car’s official asking price was announced, President of Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, Shailesh Chandra, revealed that the automaker is looking to introduce diesel and electric variants of the Punch.
Since the small crossover is based on the same architecture as the Altroz premium hatchback, it is likely that the recently spied diesel Tata Punch is powered by the marque’s 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel motor.
However, if the space under the bonnet of the car had proved to be a bit cramped, then it is possible that Tata has used an updated version of its 1.05-litre diesel motor that was shelved before the BS6 norms came into effect.
But, we would wager that the larger oil burner was the pick, as it would allow Tata to keep costs in check and it should come with the same tune as in the Altroz (90 PS and 200 Nm).
As mentioned above, a pure-electric version of the Tata Punch is under development at the moment, while the car will also receive a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine option in the February-March period of 2022.