Tata Altroz EV has made its debut at Geneva International Motor Show 2019 today. The grand unveil saw Ratan Tata take centrestage. Two variants are on offer, one as a production ready car with petrol / diesel engine. And second, as an EV, which is a concept. Tata Altroz electric vehicle will be a first in premium hatchback segment in India. There is no official word out on the launch timeline, but rumours suggest Tata could launch the Altroz electric later next year. In 2019, they will launch the petrol and diesel version of the Altroz.
New Tata Altroz EV is seen in an electric blue exterior paint finish, the same shade was used in a lot of teasers in the past few days. In the front you have LED headlamps, which sit below the grille. The grille is finished in metallic paint, and seems to have an LED running across the width of the car. Alloys are machine cut dual tone 16 inch, Interiors are done in white. Expect the car to have a real world driving range of 150 to 200 kms.
Altroz is the first Tata car to be based on new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. ALFA is a highly flexible platform and it is set to spawn a range of urban vehicles. ALFA Arc is scalable and it can be tweaked to accommodate multiple body styles such as compact SUV, coupe, hatchback, etc. It also supports multiple powertrains including hybrid and electric. ALFA optimizes cabin space and there’s plenty of room in the boot as well.
This means, that apart from full electric, Tata could also launch Altroz as a hybrid option in the future. Hybrid Altroz could help allay fears that people usually have about getting stranded when the battery runs out of their fully electric vehicle. It would be a good option till the time proper EV infrastructure is developed in the country. Govt of India has just announced phase 2 of FAME scheme, which will give subsidy of Rs 10,000 crores to EV buyers in India. Electric and hybrid car buyers can get subsidy of up to Rs 2.5 lakhs. This scheme will definitely help push EV and hybrid car sales in India.
Just like Harrier, Tata Altroz has utilized IMPACT 2.0 design. Altroz has a sporty, aerodynamic profile with key features such as sweptback projector headlamps with dual function LED DRLs (also work as turn indicators), chrome lip / Humanity Line, rising window line and sculpted shoulders. Rear door handles on Altroz are positioned on the C-Pillar. At the rear, Altroz has protruding LED tail lamps, stylish tailgate and chrome finisher.
Interiors are not yet detailed. But spy shots confirm that they are in line with its exterior body language, Altroz EV is expected to have sporty interiors. There will be adequate space on the inside and various high-end features such as a large freestanding touchscreen infotainment system. A semi-digital instrument cluster and T-shaped central console is also expected to adorn the Altroz. It will also have electric parking brake. More details will be revealed later today, when Altroz and Altroz EV officially debuts along with H7X and Hornbill.