Remember the micro SUV HBX that Tata unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020. It is now official that the HBX will bear the name Punch. On Monday 23 Aug 2021, Tata showcased the first official image. The upcoming micro-SUV image has the name Punch written on the grille. The company has announced that the Punch will enter the market in this festive season.
Just like the Altroz, the Punch is also based on Tata’s ALFA architecture. It also follows Tata’s new design language Impact 2.0. Looking at the image, one can easily make out that the design of the micro-SUV is a blend of Nexon and Harrier. The front bumper and grille are clearly inspired by the Nexon. While the headlamps come straight from the Harrier. The wheel arches are slightly squared off.
It is also clear from the image that HBX is a little toned down in its production version.
While talking about the Punch, the officials from Tata motors said that Punch is an exciting mix of tough utility with sporting dynamics. It embodies the characteristics of a practical SUV.
Tata Punch: Powerhouse
Two 1.2-liter, three-cylinder petrol engine options are hoped to force the Punch micro-SUV. The lower-spec version will have a naturally aspirated unit that does duty on the Tiago and the Tigor. It produces 83hp. Meanwhile, higher variants may come with the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine that charges the Altroz iTurbo as well. Of course, the SUV will use a 5-speed manual transmission. However, you can also expect that Tata will introduce an AMT gearbox as well. Just like the Altroz, the Punch is also based on Tata’s ALFA architecture.
Tata Punch: Interiors
Tata has not revealed any details about its interior features. However, if we go by the concept design of HBX, it may have
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Squared air-conditioning vents
- three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel
- HVAC controls
- Part-digital instrument cluster with a digital tachometer and analogue speedometer
Tata Punch: Expected Price
Tata is bringing Punch in the micro-SUV segment. That makes that it will have prices similar to micro-SUV of the same ranges. We can expect Tata Punch to be priced in the range of Rs 5-5.5 Lakh. Tata Punch will compete with crossovers like Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the upcoming Hyundai Casper. It will also create a tough market for Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.