After a lot of anticipation, Tata has unveiled its micro-SUV, the Punch, in the Indian market. The car looks like a tallboy hatchback, but it will be positioned as a micro-SUV in the market. The carmaker has officially started taking bookings for the car at the token amount of INR 21,000. The Punch comes in four trims Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative, with three mono-tone and six dual-tone colour options to select from.
The all-new Tata Punch will underpin ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform, made under Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language. Dimensionally, the Punch is 3,840mm longer, 1,800mm wider, 1,635mm tall, and features a wheelbase of 2,450mm. The ground clearance of 187mm is a talking point of this car, along with the boot capacity of 366 litres. The car’s doors open up to a 90-degree angle, just as in the Altroz hatchback, which translates into easy ingress and egress.
Outside, the car takes inspiration from elder siblings Harrier and Safari with split-headlamps and projector setup, LED DRLs under the bonnet flank, tri-arrow pattern grille and dual-tone bumpers. The side profile features muscular cladding, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and faux roof rails. The rear profile features a neatly sculpted tailgate with wrap-around tail lights and company branding.
The car gets a dual-tone black and white cabin with a minimalistic dashboard and horizontally placed ac vents with bezels. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is sourced from Harman Kardon and powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Punch is also equipped with cutting-edge iRA connected car tech.
Other contemporary features include an engine start-stop button, multi-functional three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with mounted controls, digital-analogue instrument panel, automatic temperature control, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps and auto-folding ORVMs, among others.
In terms of safety, the Punch gets dual airbags, ABS and EBD and ISOFIX mounts as standard fitment. Top variants are equipped with front fog lamps, cruise control, rear defogger and a rearview camera. The Punch comes with some advanced safety features, including TractionPro Mode that enables the driver to come out of a treacherous driving situation and also, Brake Sway Control that detects the tendency of instability during sudden braking before the ABS jumps in, to prevent the vehicle from swaying from the driving path.
Under the hood, the Punch is powered by Altroz-sourced 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol engine that makes 86PS and 113Nm torque, paired to either a 5-speed MT or AMT gearbox. The new Tata Punch will rival cars like Maruti Ignis and KUV100, while can also give tight-noose competition to the like of Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite SUVs, due to its aggressive price tag, and all-round affordable packaging.
Price is expected to be revealed by around Diwali and could fall between INR 5.50 lakh and INR 8 lakh. Deliveries will begin shortly after the price announcement.