Tata Altroz is a premium hatchback that is offered by Tata Motors in India. The car is an important product in the portfolio of Tata Motors and is doing great in sales. This is the right time when Tata Motors could introduce a new variant with a DCT gearbox and boost the sales of Altroz. Recently a test mule of the Altroz was spotted doing its test runs. In this article, we will discuss the Tata Altroz DCT and what it could offer.
Tata Altroz so far
Tata Altorz was launched with the only option of a manual gearbox. The car seems to be perfect, the only thing missing is an automatic gearbox. This missing element also started to reflect in the sales of Altroz where other cars competing against Altroz started showing better sales figures. Tata Motors has now decided to give a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox to Altroz.
A DCT gearbox is much superior when compared to other gearboxes like the CVT and the AMT. The shifting of gears is a much quicker and smoother process. This quicker and smoother gear shift results in better performance. Also, the engine can deliver better performance because of the transmission. The DCT gearbox will be offered only in the 1.2-litre turbo petrol that produces more power than the 1.2-litre petrol engine. This DCT gearbox will be offered in the top-end variant XZ and XZ plus variants of Altroz. We hope Tata has plans to give a automatic gearbox to both the naturally aspirated petrol engine and diesel engine.
DCT Engine pairing
Currently, the Tata Altroz is offered with three engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol Revotron produces power of 85bhp and 113Nm of torque. The other engine is a 1.5-litre diesel turbo Revotorq that produces 88.77bhp and 200Nm of torque. Lastly the i-Turbo 1.2-turbo petrol motor that makes 108bhp. All three engines get a five-speed manual gearbox. The DCT variant will be offered with the new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine.
Pricing and Competition
The Altroz DCT variant will compete with other premium hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift AMT, Maruti Suzuki Baleno CVT, and the Hyundai i20 DCT. Currently, the XZ and XZ Plus variants with i-Turbo petrol engines of Tata Altroz have been priced between Rs 10.34 lakh to Rs 10.96 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). With the DCT gearbox getting added the car could become expensive by another Rs 70,000 to Rs 85,000. Tata Motors might launch this car by the festive season of 2021.
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