The reliable Tata Motors has unveiled its upcoming micro-SUV. The vehicle, which was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo in near-production form as the Tata HBX, will eventually be launched under the Tata Punch moniker. The model placed below the Nexon will be the smallest SUV from the brand.
The homemade automaker has also taken a first look at the production-spec punch, and the company hasn’t gone too far from the HBX concept, with only a few elements, such as the front bumper and body cladding, being toned down. . Apart from the square wheel arches and upright body stance, the division headlamp setup and Tata’s Humanity Line grille have been carried forward.
While the interiors are yet to be revealed, they are expected to remain close to concept, with the dashboard design being dominated by a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Punch will share a lot of internal components, such as a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, HVAC controls, and even a part-digital instrument cluster with the digital tachometer and analog speedometer Altroz.
The Punch micro-SUV is expected to be offered with two options of 1.2-litre petrol engine. The lower-spec variant will be a naturally aspirated unit producing 83hp. Meanwhile, the higher variant is expected to come with a 1.2-litre turbo-charged variant that does the duty on the Altroz iTurbo. Transmission options will likely include a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox. Like the Altroz, the Punch is also based on Tata’s ALFA architecture. It is expected that Tata will give the Punch a competitive price tag under Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom) when it is launched in the coming weeks.