Tata Punch SUV unveiled in India: Check booking details, launch date, and more
Tata Motors has finally taken the wraps off Punch, its latest offering for the Indian market. We say finally because the Indian carmaker had showcased Punch at the Auto Expo 2020, albeit as the H2X concept and we had expected it to hit the markets by the end of 2020. But it looks like the company had some other plans and it is safe to assume that COVID-19 played a major role in delaying this car's arrival. Tata Punch is effectively a micro SUV and is a rival to the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT. The carmaker had revealed Punch in August 2021 and since then had shared various details about the vehicle through teasers. But now, we have all the details except Tata Punch's price in India. This we believe will be shared in a few weeks. But the important thing is that Punch's bookings have now officially started in the country for a token amount of ₹21,000.
Tata Punch is based on the company's ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced ) architecture that also underpins the Altroz hatchback. However, the Punch has higher ground clearance (187 mm) and more boot space (366-litres) as compared to the Altroz.
The Punch sports a split headlamp design with LED indicators located right under the bonnet flanking a sleek black grille. The dual-tone bumper, large air intakes with the tri-arrow pattern, roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels, and side cladding enhance the SUV-like appeal of the vehicle while the wrap-around tail lights with a tri-arrow LED signature lend to it a modern appeal. Just like its recent projects, the Punch looks very similar to its concept model.
Tata Punch will come with a dual-tone interior and a dashboard layout that is reminiscent of Nexon and Harrier. It will come with a raft of features such as a seven-inch Harman touchscreen system with smartphone connectivity, steering mounted controls, a large TFT display for the semi-digital instrument cluster, push-button stop/start, automatic AC, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cooled glove box, iRA connectivity suite, etc. The list of safety features on the Punch includes dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors, cornering stability control, brake sway control, etc. Furthermore, the Punch will also come with a tyre puncture repair kit as standard. This micro SUV will be available across four variants -- Pure, Adventure, Accomplished, and Creative.
Under the hood of Tata Punch is the familiar 1.2-litre engine that uses Dynapro technology to feed ram air to the engine for improved combustion. This powerplant develops 85 bhp with 113 Nm of peak torque and will be available with a choice between a five-speed manual gearbox and AMT (automated manual transmission). Tata Punch also comes with idle-start stop feature for improved fuel efficiency and the AMT variants also get segment-first Traction Pro mode for increased traction over rough terrains.