If any company has taken design seriously for the Indian market in recent times, it has to be Tata Motors. Tata cars have changed their design philosophy drastically and for good. Among the concepts on display at the Auto Expo 2018, there was the Tata 45X premium hatchback. We have seen the photos and the design language at the 2018 Auto Expo. We have also looked at the interior who’s spy shots have now been revealed. There are many interesting details and design cues to check out. With the dashboard layout and the size/design of the touch screen now reveled.
But now getting out of the car and the the exterior, the Tata 45X has been spotted again. This time around the Kari Motor Speedway. The car looks like it was doing high speed testing and getting it’s suspension tuned. Not long ago the Tata Harrier was spotted doing testing along with the JTP models of the upcoming Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. Tata has been taking performance seriously with the announcement of the JTP brand and this testing activity just shows it.
Tata will enter the premium hatchback segment. The car will be based on the 45X concept. It will undoubtedly be one of the best looking hatchbacks with current design language in mind. This segment is currently ruled by the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. Tata will have to wade through some rough waters to shake up these brands. However, by what we can derive from the concept is that the competition will face a good challenge in the premium hatchback segment. What more will the Tata 45X offer? We share our preview of this concept car. Read further.
Tata 45X Launch Date in India
|Launch Date||September 2019|
The Tata 45X will be launched only by 2019. The car is currently undergoing reliability tests, as a prototype. Currently the company is focusing on the Nexon, Tiago and Tigor. The Tigor and Tiago have their JTP versions planned too. After this the company will bring forth the Harrier in January next year. The second half of 2019 is when Tata will be ready to launch the 45X based hatchback.
Tata 45X Price in India
The Tata 45X will be priced between INR 6 lakhs and INR 10 lakhs, on-road. Tata will try and undercut the Maruti Baleno in pricing. This will give it an edge. The car will be fully manufactured locally. Thus, from the start this will give it a big edge in competitive pricing. If the pricing of the Nexon is to be considered, then we can safely assume the Tata 45X to be aggressively priced. The i20, Jazz, Punto and Baleno are a part of the premium hatchback segment. Cars sold in this segment carry certain customer expectations and demands that need to be fulfilled by the manufacturer while being very competitively and closely priced.
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Tata 45X Mileage
|Petrol||11 km/l||16 km/l|
|Diesel||14 km/l||20 km/l|
This will be a fuel efficient car. The petrol is expected to return 11km/l in the city and 16km/l on the highway. The diesel will return 14km/l in the city and 20km/l on the highway. These figures will be attained in real life driving conditions. The ARAI certified figures will be higher.
Tata 45X Images
Tata 45X Interior
The 45X will share many parts of the interiors with the Nexon. The biggest and most key feature reveled in the spy feature is that there will be a Nexon style floating screen. While others competitors have a 7-inch touchscreen, the 45x has gone for a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The dashboard design philosophy inside continues with Tata’s Impact Design 2.0 philosophy. This will be the company’s first premium hatchback and practicality and space will be its two key USPs. The company aims to offer the best in class quality and also features. The Tata 45X shall be offered with features like in-dash Harman infotainment system with reverse camera, navigation etc. There will be Bluetooth connectivity, dual airbags and ABS. The new Tata 45X will have a lot of features on offer and shall have several first-in-class as well. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should be made available from the start itself.
Tata 45X Design
When it comes to styling, the 45X follows the Impact 2.0 design language, which is to be used by Tata Motors on all its future models. This hatchback is based on the Advanced Modular Platform. The platform will underpin all kinds of vehicles from Tata Motors in the coming times. The Tata 45X is a futuristic concept. It has sharp lines and very aerodynamic design. Shod with a sleek front end, the windshield rakes sharply, to give it a very sporty stance. It looks dynamic even at a standstill.
The Tata 45X gets a slim grille. It’s fitted with LED headlamps and a LED daytime running light strip. The lower grille is uniquely embedded into the front bumper. The front bumper itself looks very big and low. Flared wheel arches make it look muscular. The car is wide enough to rival the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Baleno. The Tata X45 has a large wheelbase. It is low in height and the engine bay is small. This gives us a sense that the cabin shall be very spacious. This is what will be its USP and what customers would like to have in a premium hatchback. The other thing if you notice is the flat bonnet will aid in visibility and make maneuvering this car in traffic a breeze.
The 45X has pronounced body lines. It also gets blackened A and B pillars, a rising shoulder line, a rear-sloping roof and and sharply raked rear windscreen.
Tata 45X Specifications
|Engine||1.2-litre petrol||1.5-litre diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
The 45X is most likely to get a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. The diesel might be the 1.5-litre, which will be shared with the Nexon. These are the new generation engines from Tata. The engines will churn about 100-110bhp of power and will be offered with a six-speed manual and also AMT options. These will be the first set of premium hatchbacks that shall get AMT. The engines will be fuel efficient too. The six-speed gearbox will do wonders for the mileage. They might not be the best when it comes to performance, but they will offer a good package, especially at the price this car is expected to come at. It will also be cheaper and more cost effective to have an AMT unit in the car rather than a traditional automatic. This could be one of the same units as seen on the Nexon.
Tata 45X Video
Tata 45X Competition
The 45X will be competing with the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno and the Honda Jazz. Tata Motors is looking at enhancing its reach in this segment. What they will have to offer is the best in class, that is when it will work out. This car is expected to bring some more zing in to the segment, which is veering towards SUVs.