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Tata begins testing the 45X premium hatchback; launch in 2019

July 18, 2018, 02:07 PM IST by Omkar Thakur
Tata begins testing the 45X premium hatchback; launch in 2019

- The 45X Concept was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018

- It´s slated for a mid-2019 launch after the Harrier

- This will be a premium hatchback, a first for Tata 

Tata Motors has begun testing its all-new hatchback, the one based on the 45X Concept revealed at the Auto Expo 2018, earlier this year. Codenamed the X-451 in Tata’s scheme of things, this will be the first product based on Tata’s newly developed platform ALPHA.

The test-mule that was spotted depicts an early prototype with non-formed body panels covered by a heavy camouflage. But still, you can see the sloping roofline and the rising hemline – typical contours for a premium hatchback. The honey-mesh grille in the front is unmistakable and though it gets bolt-on lamps as of now, we can expect a Tiago-like fascia rather than a Nexon-like one. Of course, it will be in keeping with the Impact 2.0 design language and we are sure it will turn out to be a looker like all new-gen Tata cars.

It is still too early to comment on the interiors. But, since it is a premium hatchback, expect leather upholstery, climate control with rear AC vents, electric mirrors, push-button start and all the bells and whistles. Parking sensors, LED DRLs and tail lamps will also be a part of the bouquet. Under the hood, it will be the same 1.2-litre turbo-petrol or the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel powering the front wheels with the options of manual and well as automatic gearboxes.

It will compete against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz in the premium hatchback segment along with the Volkswagen Polo and the upcoming Kia Rio hatchback.

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