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Tata Altroz Diesel Spotted Testing

Tata Altroz Diesel Spotted Testing

Snapshot: Tata Altroz diesel will get a detuned 1.5L Revotorq engine from Nexon.

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A test mule of Tata Motor’s upcoming premium hatchback, Altroz, has been spied testing days after its grand unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The prototype caught on test featured a diesel engine. As reported earlier, Tata Motors is expected to offer three engines on the Maruti Baleno rival. While most of the car giants are contemplating withdrawing diesel versions of their small cars due to the upcoming BS VI emission norms which would make them expensive, Tata Motors, on the contrary, is planning to offer a diesel unit with its upcoming premium hatchback.

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The engine powering Altroz diesel will reportedly be a detuned version of Tata’s 1.5-litre, Revotorq turbocharged, four-cylinder unit that is currently used in Nexon. In terms of output, the four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine makes maximum power of 110 PS against 260 Nm torque in Nexon. As for Altroz, the engine will be calibrated to put out 90 PS, around 20 PS less than Nexon. There is yet no clarity if the torque figure will also vary. Unlike Nexon, which gets a six-speed manual gearbox, Altroz is expected to come with a 5-speed manual unit.

On the other hand, the petrol version will get two 1.2-litre three-cylinder, units, while one will be a turbocharged unit. Earlier it was suggested that Tata will use the newly developed naturally aspirated engine which would be offered with an optional mild-hybrid system. However, reports in media suggest, the petrol unit is the 85 PS Revotron engine from Tiago, which gets a balancer shaft to smoothen vibrations.

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The Geneva edition of the premium hatchback featured the turbocharged petrol engine. In comparison to Nexon, the detuned petrol Revotron unit makes 8 PS and 30 Nm less output at 102 PS and 140 Nm. Tata Altroz would be the first car from the Mumbai-based car giant to be built on its Advanced Modular Platform (AMP). Tata Motors is expected to launch Altroz in India sometime by mid-2019. Aside from the petrol and diesel versions, the company is also working on an electrified Altroz, which was recently revealed at the Geneva motoring event. The Tata Altroz EV is expected to launch in the country by early 2021.

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