The Tata Punch mini SUV was introduced in India, with introductory prices starting at Rs 5.49 lakh. The prices of the Punch are offered in four main configurations and range from Rs 5.49 lakh to Rs 8.49 lakh for the manual versions and Rs 6.99 lakh to Rs 9.09 lakh for the automated manual transmission (AMT) versions. The Punch Pure MT costs Rs 5.49 lakh, the Adventure MT costs Rs 6.39 lakh, the Accomplished MT costs Rs 7.29 lakh, while the Creative MT costs Rs 8.49 lakh.
As for the AMTs, the Punch Adventure AMT costs Rs 6.99 lakh, the Accomplished AMT costs Rs 7.89 lakh, and the Top Creative AMT costs Rs 9.09 lakh (all ex showroom prices), and those prices are likely to be a revised upwards from January 2022. Option packages will be available with each variant and cost between Rs 30,000 and Rs 45,000 depending on the variant. Without revealing a number, Tata Motors said the Punch received “the highest bookings” of any Tata vehicle launched to date, suggesting the small SUV’s popularity.
In terms of size, the Tata Punch measures 3,827 mm in length, 1,615 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,445 mm. The ground clearance is given as 187 mm (unladen) and the trunk volume as 366 liters. The Punch has a 37-liter tank, disc brakes at the front (drum brakes at the rear) and the curb weight of the mini SUV ranges from 1,000 kg to 1,035 kg, depending on the variant. A total of seven color options are available for the punch.
The Punch will be available in four main configurations – Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice command function, engine start / stop button, height-adjustable driver’s seat and cruise control are available for the Accomplished equipment variant. 16-inch alloy wheels, partially digital instrument cluster, projector headlights, automatic climate control, cooled glove compartment, leather steering wheel and gear knob as well as iRA Connected Car functions are offered in the creative version. The lower fairings get 15-inch steel wheels and the Adventure gets a smaller 4.0-inch infotainment screen.
On the safety front, the Tata Punch is equipped as standard with double airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchors and the first Brake Sway Control in the segment. The Punch also recently became the third Tata vehicle to receive a full five stars in the NCAP global crash tests, while also earning the highest score for adult occupant protection of any vehicle tested by GNCAP to date.
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The punch is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder Revotron naturally aspirated engine with 86 hp and 113 Nm torque. The engine is equipped with Tata’s ‘DynaPro’ technology, which includes a ram air function, and the punch can reach 0-60 km / h in a claimed 6.5 seconds and 0-100 km / h in a claimed 16.5 seconds. Transmission options include a five-speed manual transmission as well as a five-speed automated manual transmission (AMT). In addition, the Tata Punch will be equipped with an engine start-stop function to improve fuel efficiency. Speaking of economy: The fuel efficiency of the Tata Punch is rated at 18.97 cpl for the manual version and 18.82 cpl for the AMT version.
There won’t be an option with a diesel engine for now, but Tata is set to develop an all-electric version of the Punch in the future.
Tata Motors has added a first-in-class “Traction Pro” mode to the AMT version of the Punch, which activates the brakes to help the mini SUV move over surfaces with little traction and get stuck in difficult situations with soft Avoid pavement. To get to the point where the Punch is a true SUV home, Tata Motors even shared a clip of the Punch being driven to the top of Sandakphu Mountain.
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Presented at the Auto Expo 2020 as a near-series H2X concept, the Punch is the second Tata model after the Altroz that is based on the company’s new ALFA architecture. The Punch will be Tata Motors’ cheapest SUV and will fit into the company’s SUV range below the Nexon.
The Tata Punch transmits the upright posture, the beefy front and the muscular wheel arches of the H2X concept – elements that are sure to attract SUV enthusiasts. A couple of teasers shared online in the past few days also confirm that the Punch maintains some of the H2X concept’s styling cues, including its funky taillights. Martin Uhlarik, head of design at Tata, said correct posture, wheel positioning and ride height were key to achieving the Punch’s proportions, unlike other high-rise hatchbacks that found no takers due to their strange looks.
Just like the outside, the Tata Punch reflects the H2X concept inside and leaves out some of the concept car elements. The Punch’s dashboard has an upright, blocky look with a two-tone theme in gray and ivory. Many elements inside the Punch were taken over from the Altroz, including the semi-digital instrument cluster, the steering wheel and the climate control switches.
For now, the Tata Punch is unlikely to have any direct competitors, and the closest models to it are the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the long-forgotten Mahindra KUV100. However, Hyundai is developing its own mini-SUV (code name AX1) that is slated to arrive in India next year.
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