Tata motors unveiled its micro SUV -Punch- today morning. It is the first Tata SUV underpinned by the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform and is based on the brand’s Impact 2.0 design language. The Tata Punch is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 86hp and 113Nm of torque. It will come mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT automatic gearbox. The Punch will be a new entry point to Tata’s SUV range with prices expected to range between Rs 5.50 lakh and Rs 8 lakh.
The production version has not deviated much from the HBX concept showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and it has elements of both Nexon and Safari in it. Though the engine in punch is already tested in Tiago, Tigor and Altroz, it additionally features automatic engine start/stop functionality and the AMT gearbox on the Punch features traction modes like bigger Tata SUVs. Tata motors says the Punch will do 0-60kph in 6.5 seconds and 0-100kph in 16.5 seconds.
The Punch measures 3,827mm in length, 1,742mm in width, 1,615mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,445mm. It has a ground clearance of 187mm and a boot capcity of 366 litres. Punch also has class-leading breakover, approach and departure angles and water wading capability. The micro-SUV has an approach angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 37.6 degrees, a rampover angle of 22.2 degrees and a water wading depth of up to 370mm. The Punch is based on the ALFA architecture, same as the Altroz, and gets 90-degree opening doors and a flat floor on the inside.
The Tata Punch will be available in four trims: Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative. The top trim Creative gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, rear view camera, follow me home headlamps, fog lamps, keyless go, cruise control, 7.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, automatic projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a rear wiper and washer, puddle lamps and 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.The Punch will additionally be offered with some customisations packs for the variants.
It offers 366-litres of boot space but misses out on rear air-con vents and front central armrest. The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes centre stage and Harmon tuned audio system which we have seen in a range on Tata cars, like the Tata Nexon and Altroz.