Tata Motors unveiled what it claims to be an “entirely new category” and “India’s first sub-compact SUV”, the Tata Punch. This new SUV is set to take on the latest Hyundai Casper which is also a fine and very versatile micro-SUV.
The styling of the Tata Punch incorporates the “Impact 2.0” design language. It is a result of the collaboration between Tata’s design studios in India, the UK, and Italy, with all engineering work taking place in India.
In terms of dimensions, the newly launched Tata Punch has a length of 3,827mm, a width of 1,742mm, a height of 1,615mm, with a wheelbase of 2,445mm. The vehicle is available in seven single and dual-tone colour options, which include Orcus White (optional black roof), Daytona Grey (optional black roof). The Punch also gets a ground clearance of 190mm and good approach and departure angles, making it actually capable of taking on some level of challenging terrain off-road.
The Punch’s cabin is more like that of a hatch, because of the compact size and the vertical orientation of the dashboard. But with some interesting trim elements, Tata designers have managed to give the interior a bit of premiumness. A 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a rear-view camera, fog lamps, keyless go, cruise control and 15-inch stylised steel wheels are some of the standard features. Upscale models come with a 7.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, automatic projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a rear wiper and washer, puddle lamps and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels
Under the hood is a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 86hp and 113Nm of torque. It can be had with either a 5-speed manual or 5 automatic gearboxes.