Tata Motors has revealed the first look of its upcoming new compact car, the all new ‘Punch’. The Tata Punch is essentially the production version of the Tata HBX concept, which was previewed at the Auto Expo 2020. Based on the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform of the Altroz, the new Tata Punch will be slotted between the Tiago NRG and Nexon in Tata Motors’ lineup. The new rugged looking micro-SUV is expected to be launched before the start of festive season, somewhere between September and October 2021.
2021 Tata Punch – Expected Exterior Details
Tata Motors has revealed the Punch through a video and an official image, which show the micro-SUV in its full glory. As promised before, Tata Motors has retained much of the design of the HBX concept for the Punch. The micro-SUV gets a new generation ‘humanity line’ at the front, with sleek daytime running LEDs on the upper side edges of the front grille. The headlamps are separate units mounted on the front bumper.
This front fascia is somewhat inspired from the bigger Tata Harrier SUV. Like all of its other siblings, the Tata Punch also comes with the signature Y-design motifs on the front grille and lower part of the front bumper. The Tata Punch has a few other SUV-ish bits in its design, such as squared wheel arches with body cladding over them and at the bottom of the doors and additional body cladding on front and rear bumpers.
Other highlights of the car include projector bulbs in main headlamps, fog lamps, rear door handles recessed in C-pillar, machined alloy wheels and blacked out A and C pillars which give it an effect of floating roof. While the rear look of the car is not revealed in the image, a teaser video uploaded on social media handles of Tata Motors show that the production-spec car will retain the LED tail lamps from the HBX concept.
2021 Tata Punch – Expected Interior Details
Like the exterior, the Tata Punch is expected to retain much of the in-cabin design of the HBX concept. Some of the most prominent details and features are a free-standing 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, flat bottom multi-functional steering wheel and a part digital instrument console, all of which look very similar to those in Tata Altroz. Other expected features to be there in the Punch are automatic climate control, push button start with keyless entry and powered rear view mirrors.
2021 Tata Punch – Expected Powertrain Details
The 1.2-liter three cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine from the Tiago and Altroz, which makes 86 bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque, will be the mainstay of the Tata Punch. This engine is will be made available with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearbox options. In addition, the more powerful 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo petrol 110 bhp engine from the Altroz might be offered in higher variants.
2021 Tata Punch – Expected Price and Competition
Like all of its other siblings, the Tata Motors might have an impressive introductory price, which might start under the mark of Rs 5 lakh. With this price, the Tata Punch will be pitted against cars like Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, naturally aspirated versions of Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger and the upcoming Hyundai Casper.