Tata Motors aims to launch 8 new cars over the course of the next two years.
Upcoming Tata Cars
For the past few years, Tata Motors has worked really hard to identify themselves as carmakers who not only make reliable and efficient cars but also cars that look good and are feature loaded. As a result, Tata introduced the Impact design philosophy. They launched the Tiago, Tigor and Nexon under this design philosophy and all of them have been received very well. Tata Motors has now moved on to Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The carmaker has already launched the much anticipated Harrier SUV under it. Furthermore, Tata plans to launch a series of cars under this design philosophy over the next 2 years.
Tata unveiled the 45X concept at the 2018 Auto Expo. It has now been confirmed that the 45X concept is Tata's upcoming premium hatchback, the Altroz. The car is based on the new-gen Impact Design 2.0 design language and ALFA Advanced Modular platform. Tata showcased the Altroz in all its glory at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The Altroz is Tata's first attempt at the premium hatchback space. The Altroz's design is a work of Tata's design studios based in UK, Italy and Pune.
The Tata Altroz is most likely to be powered by the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel engine seen in the Nexon. Moreover, Tata will provide a choice of manual and automatic transmissions with the Altroz. The Altroz will rival the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz when launched. Prices for the Altroz are likely to be in the Rs. 5.5-8.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) range. The Altroz is supposedly the very next car Tata plans to launch with deliveries slated to begin this festive season.
Tata Altroz EV
Tata also unveiled an all-electric version of the Altroz hatchback at Geneva. Based on the same platform and design language, the Altroz EV is essentially the same car as the Altroz barring the IC engine. The Altroz EV will be the company's first long range EV with an estimated range of 250 kms. Moreover, Tata claims that the Altroz EV can be charged from zero to 80 percent in less than an hour with a fast charging station.
The Altroz EV looks very similar to the regular Altroz but features a few contrasting design elements like dual-LED headlamps, a redesigned front grille with no vents, thanks to the battery power. It also gets redesigned bumpers and 16-inch alloy wheels, along with a distinctive kink around the front wing mirrors and a unique black strip under the window lines. The estimated price for the Altroz EV is Rs. 12-14 lakhs (ex-showroom).
After the launch of the Harrier SUV, Tata announced that there is a 7-seater version of the SUV on cards. Tata revealed the 7-seater version of the Harrier at the Geneva Motor Show as the Buzzard. However, Tata is expected to rename the car as Cassini for the Indian market. The Cassini is based on a platform derived from the Land Rover Discovery Sport and adopts Tata's Impact 2.0 design philosophy. It looks similar to the Harrier and gets slim LED DRLs, a honeycomb grille, flared wheel arches and the three-dimensional tail lights.
Power comes from the same Fiat-derived Kryotec diesel engine seen in the Harrier. However, the engine will be tuned to produce about 172 PS of peak power in the Cassini as in the Jeep Compass. Tata will also provide the option of an automatic transmission with the Cassini that has been sourced from Hyundai. The Cassini will be priced a significant premium over the Harrier and is likely to get a starting price of Rs. 16 lakhs (ex-showroom). Tata will launch the Cassini weeks after the Altroz is launched this year.
The next car in the list of upcoming new Tata cars is an all-new micro SUV. Along with all the above mentioned cars, Tata even unveiled the H2X at Geneva. It is also based on the new ALFA modular platform. Tata has stated that the car will be revealed in its production-ready guise at the 2020 Auto Expo. The H2X will be positioned below the Nexon in Tata's stable.
The Tata H2X micro SUV is 3840 mm in length, 1822 mm in width, 1635 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2450 mm. With such proportions, the H2X will offer segment-leading interior space and features. It will rival the Maruti Ignis, Renault Kwid Climber, Mahindra KUV100 upon launch. It will get an estimated starting price of Rs. 5.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) and will go on sale in early 2020.
Tata also had plans to re-enter the C-segment sedan market with a premium sedan based on the Altroz. However, the brand has shelved the plans of doing so for the time being. Tata has now planned to introduce another SUV that will bridge the gap between the Harrier and the Nexon. It will be based on the same platform as the Altroz and the H2X and will feature Tata's Impact 2.0 design philosophy.
Currently, this car is in its development phase and might be revealed in its concept form at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Blackbird SUV will most likely be powered by Nexon's engine options. Moreover, it will be priced lower than the Harrier and slightly higher than the Nexon. It will be pretty spacious and will be about 4.2 metres long with five seats. The Tata Blackbird will be priced in the range of Rs. 9.5-13.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).