Tata Motors has confirmed that the Punch will be more than a jacked-up hatchback unlike its rivals and will have characteristics of an SUV.
The Tata Punch is the latest offering from the Indian automaker, which is expected to debut during the holiday season. Tata has released a series of teasers about the Punch to date, and the latest teaser reports that, it will feature terrain modes too.
Tata’s Punch will be its entry-level SUV, but it is expected to be reasonably well-equipped at the top end. So far, only the exterior of the test mule has been revealed, but the interior is equipped with a semi-digital instrument panel and a free-standing 7″ touchscreen infotainment system. In the console, the Punch might have a rotary dial for selecting terrain/drive modes.
Punch is likely to be available only in front-wheel-drive form, which means electronic stability control should be used to electronically limit wheel slip in varying conditions. The entry-level offering will likely use the ESC to vary throttle response slightly depending on terrain. According to the teaser, Tata will offer three modes: one for city and highway driving, one for slightly spirited driving on dirt, and one for traversing slippery and wet surfaces.
Tata will only offer the Punch as a petrol-only model. This car will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 86PS and 113Nm, with both manual and automatic transmission options available. In addition, the Punch is likely to be offered with the Altroz’s 110PS 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated only to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Tata Punch prices are expected to start at Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete against the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Maruti Suzuki Ignis, as well as cheaper sub-4m SUVs like the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.