Tata Motors Limited recently hinted of their upcoming launch of a premium hatchback car, based on the new Advanced Modular Platform, or the AMP. Presently in its initial stages of development, the premium hatchback, codenamed the Project X451, is profiled like Tiago, with a lower ground clearance and slightly longer wheelbase.
The undercover hatchback was first spotted by Motorbeam, where they uploaded spy pictures of the car on their website. Motorbeam stated that the vehicle is expected to come with all bells and whistles to justify the premium tag on the car, which includes Touchscreen Infotainment System, DRLs for road presence etc.
Concealed in heavy camouflage, the premium hatchback used dummy headlights, hinting Bi-xenon Projector lamps or LEDs as primary headlights, accompanied with Daytime Running Lamps. Reports suggest that the X451 will come within four-meter overall length category, to benefit from the tax regulations and price it competitively for Indian buyers.
Tata has been long known for its competitive prize options, and the premium hatchback will compete with Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Elite i20. While the reports also suggest that the sedan variant of the car will compete with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz among others.
The prototype car under camouflage flaunted sharp angled rear windshield, with an integrated spoiler. The rest of the design seems quite unclear as the test vehicle lacked many production parts including proper headlamps, tail lamps, and a weird placement of rear door handle beneath the C-pillar.
Whats under the hood is yet to be revealed, although we can expect higher state of tune engines from the current generation Tiago, in both Petrol and Diesel variants. The better state of tune is a resultant of the same turbocharged units from the Tata Nexon that they might offer with the premium hatchback. The Tiago currently provides 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that churns max power of 84 bhp @ 6000 RPM and peak torque of 114 Nm @ 3500 RPM, while 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine with max power of 69 bhp @ 4000 RPM and a peak torque of 140 Nm @ 1800 RPM. Rumors also suggest that unlike the Tiago, the diesel engine in the new premium hatchback will feature a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT).
We are expecting this premium hatchback design to be presented at the Auto Expo 2018, as Tata’s first vehicle on Advanced Modular Platform (AMP), and the launch dates to be expected later in 2019. So let us await what Tata will put on the table with its Project X451.