- The Tata 45X based hatchback will be powered by a newly-developed 1.2-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated motor.
- This petrol engine will reportedly get ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) mild-hybrid system.
- Expected to break cover later this year.
The long-awaited Tata 45X hatchback is back in news again. This time around, the new Baleno-rival from the Tata’s stable reportedly comes with an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) mild-hybrid system. This ISG system is similar to Maruti Suzuki’s SHVS system but it will be offered with the all-new petrol engine.
The ISG will switch off the engine automatically when the vehicle is in neutral and the clutch is released, thus saving precious fuel. Weirdly though, the diesel won’t get this ISG system. It will, however, come with cruise control, according to reports. And if rumours are to be believed, the 45X-based hatchback will also come with a digital tachometer, as seen on the Harrier.
First showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in the concept guise, Tata’s yet-to-be-named hatchback will be based on the new Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture (ALFA) platform and will carry forward the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. On the inside, the test mule revealed a floating touchscreen display which is again shared with the Harrier. The modern cabin will be well laid out with good quality materials. According to reports, the 45X hatchback will be one of the most feature-laden vehicles in its segment with features such as rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps.
The sharp-looking hood will reportedly house an all-new naturally-aspirated three-pot 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the same 1.5-litre turbo-diesel which powers the Nexon. The transmission options are expected to be a standard manual with the choice of an automatic.
At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, we expect to see the near-production guise of the 45X hatchback. Its India launch is expected to be around August, perhaps in the festive season. When launched, the hatchback will be priced in the range of Rs 7-8 lakhs. It will be slotted in the demanding B+ segment which is currently populated by the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno and Honda Jazz.