Tata Punch Unveiled; Pre-Bookings start at INR 21,000

Tata has launched India’s first sub-compact SUV and it is likely to cause ripples in the market.

Tata has officially unveiled the Punch, which is Tata’s foray into the compact SUV market. The latest addition to Tata’s “New Forever” range of cars, the car will be offered in 4 distinct variants, across two transmission options in the form of Manual (MT) and Automatic (AMT) options.

Tata says the car has the agility of a hatchback while retaining the true capabilities of an SUV. The car is available in 4 variants, which Tata calls “personas”. They are Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative.

The car will be available in 7 colours, namely White, Red, Grey, Blue, Orange, Bronze and Mist. The car also has R16 Diamond-cut alloys, DRL’s, an option for a dual-tone roof in White and Black, and even follow-me-home headlamps.

The car is mechanically also quite strong, with a 1.2L Revotron engine which produces 86BHP/113NM. The car has two drive modes: City and Eco to ensure fuel efficiency. There is also Cruise Control present, along with very impressive 370mm water wading capabilities as well.

The car is quite feature-rich as well, with a whole host of safety as well as entertainment features. Dual airbags are present, with ABS+EBD as well.

Tata has included a segment-first feature: Brake Sway Control – a system which detects the tendency of instability during abrupt braking before the ABS kicks in to avoid vehicle swaying from the driving path. Also included is a reverse parking camera, and a foglamp with cornering function as well. Safe to say this one is even more feature loaded with safety kit than cars from a segment or two above.

As for the interior, the car is loaded there too! Push button start, 366L of boot space, auto-fold mirrors, follow me home headlamps, a 7” infotainment system are just a few of the features of the car. The instrument cluster is semi- digital with yet another 7” instrument cluster. Just like the Altroz and the Harrier which is NOT present in the Nexon as of yet. Tata says that the car is also very spacious as they ensured that the true SUV feeling is embodied into the car space-wise.

The car will be manufactured at Tata’s Pune plant, with about 90% of the car’s production being automated as well. Having been tested across multiple climates from the heat of Rajasthan to the chills in Ladakh, the car will be a very interesting one, and definitely one to look out for especially as a market maker. Tata seems to have checked all the boxes that the Mahindra KUV100 missed out on which were quite a lot. This will pull in a lot of competition and hence force other carmakers to offer more VFM cars in their current segments as well as new ones. GREAT NEWS for the consumer!

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