This year’s launch of Tata’s Punch is one of the most eagerly awaited from the automaker’s stable. The auto-major has been teasing its upcoming launch throughout the holiday season with teaser images and has finally revealed the rear styling of the production-spec Punch.
According to the new rear design, the Tata Punch has stayed true to its HBX origins, and the front design is similar as well. It features a similar tailgate design, integrated roof spoiler, and taillamps with LED elements arranged in a Y-shape to the one seen on the HBX. One of the few differences between the production model and the concept is a toned-down rear bumper. A new rear bumper replaces the large silver skid plate with a simpler look that mimics a diffuser.
The front styling was revealed by Tata earlier this month when it unveiled the Punch nameplate. There are split headlights on the Punch, similar to those on the Harrier and Safari. Among the styling aspects, include the dual-tone colour scheme, the squared-off wheel arches, and a more upright stance, but without the chunky body cladding and off-road-oriented tyres. Several spy shots of the Punch suggest its interior design will resemble that of the HBX concept, although Tata has not officially released the details.
There will be two petrol engines available for the Punch. There are hopes that lower-trim models will use a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, while higher trims may get the similarly-sized turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine found on the Altroz iTurbo. There will be a manual 5-speed gearbox and an automatic AMT brake system available for the punch.
Tata Punch will face direct competition from Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, as well as the Hyundai Casper. Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger are also highly competitive, hence with these two cars too, the Punch will lock horns.