NS Tata Punch has finally been unveiled in India and the carmaker has started accepting bookings for a token amount of up to Rs 21,000. this is the first Bye The SUV is powered by the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform and is based on the brand’s Impact 2.0 design language. The price announcement is likely around the festive season and will be placed below the Nexon subcompact SUV in the line-up. The production version hasn’t deviated too much from the HBX concept showcased at Auto Expo 2020 and looks a lot like the Punch Baby Safari, especially with its aggressive front end that features Tata’s signature split lighting design.
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The dual-tone black and off-white cabin also looks very modern and orderly. The dash’s minimalist design is clutter-free and the horizontal air-con vents with blue bezels build on its funky appeal. The instrument cluster is similar to what we saw in the Altroz and even the door is opened 90-degrees wide, which is again a carryover. Then it offers 366-litres of boot space but misses out on rear air-con vents and front central armrests. Then the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes center stage and the Harmon tuned audio system that we have seen in a range of Tata cars, such as the Tata Nexon and Altroz. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The top-spec model gets the brand’s iRA Connected Car technology as an optional offering and the 7-inch instrument cluster is part digital. It also gets a flat-bottom steering wheel which is a segment first and the feature list includes engine start-stop button, automatic climate control, powered auto-folding wing mirrors, cruise control, auto-climate control, cooled glovebox, auto sensing. Vipers are included. and auto headlights among others.
The new Tata Punch is powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which also powers the Altroz premium hatchback. The engine gets a Dynamic Pro system to optimize air pressure for better low-end torque and is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard and a five-speed AMT unit is optional. As for SUV features, the Punch gets segment-first stuff like Traction Pro Mode (Sand, Rock, Mud) with AMT gearbox, 20.3-degree approach angle, 22.2-ramp over angle and 37.6-degree departure angle, which is more SUV-like. gives. Credibility to handle treacherous terrain. This is further complemented with a higher ground clearance of 187 mm and water wading capacity of 365 mm.