Last month we told you that Tata Motors is planning to launch its first new car based on the new AMP or Advanced Modular Platform. We had also mentioned that the new car will be premium hatchback that will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20. To make things more interesting, recently a prototype model of this new car was spotted testing in the country for the first time. Codenamed as X451, the new premium hatchback from Tata Motors is expected to be launched in India in 2019.
It’s quite clear from these images that Tata’s new premium hatchback model is still in the early stages of development. Apart from the heavy camouflage, you can also see that the car still hasn’t got many production parts like the headlamps and the taillights, and even the rear portion from the C-pillar looks like it has been sourced from the Indica. Having said that, seeing the current design language of Tata’s latest models – the Tiago, Tigor, and the Nexon, it’s clear that visually, the upcoming premium hatchback will also be a lot more advanced and stylish compared to the competition.
Tata claims that the new Advanced Modular Platform will have the capability to adapt to different body styles. In fact the platform will be will be adaptable to various lengths, widths, suspension setups and even wheelbase differences. In that sense, the silhouette of the test mule indicates that the car will also share parts with the Tiago but will be longer and sleeker than the popular compact hatch. Having said that, Tata will keep the upcoming premium hatchback car under 4-metre in length, similar to the other cars in this segment.
Specifications and other technical details of the car will still take some time to be revealed, but, in terms of powertrain options, we expect the new premium hatchback to come with the same petrol and diesel engines that do duty on the Tiago. The engines, however, will be offered in a higher state of tune and there is a change that Tata might consider offering the Nexon’s turbocharged units with the new premium hatchback.