Apart from petrol and diesel engine options, the compact SUV is also expected to be offered as an EV

  • Altroz will debut Tata’s smallest modular platform, the ALFA-ARC.
  • ALFA-ARC capable of spawning small hatchbacks to compact SUVs.
  • The unnamed SUV will fill the gap between the Nexon and Harrier.
  • Will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia SP2i, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur/Duster as well as VW T-Cross and Skoda Kamiq.
  • It is expected to be priced from Rs 10 lakh.
  • Likely to be launched in FY 2020-21.

Tata Motors showcased the 2019 Altroz and the 2020 H2X concept at the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. Both cars are based on the carmaker’s smallest modular platform – the ALFA-ARC. Apart from the two models, Tata could also offer a compact SUV based on the same platform to take on the best-selling Hyundai Creta.

Tata Motors has said that this modular platform is capable of supporting a variety of cars ranging from small hatchbacks to compact SUVs. The length of these cars will range between 3.6 metres to less than 4.3 metres while the width will range between 1700mm to 1800mm.

The wheelbase of cars on this platform will vary from 2444mm to 2645mm. Considering that a compact SUV is the biggest product that could be based on the ALFA-ARC platform, how do the upper limit of these numbers stack up against the dimensions of popular offerings in the compact SUV segment? Take a look at the table below

Measurements (mm) Tata SUV (expected) Hyundai Creta Nissan Kicks Maruti S-Cross
Length < 4300mm 4270mm 4384mm 4300mm
Width 1800mm 1780mm 1813mm 1785mm
Wheelbase 2645mm 2590mm 2673mm 2600mm

According to the platform’s capabilities, the upcoming Tata SUV is expected to be roughly as long as the S-Cross and Creta and a little less wider than the Kicks. In terms of wheelbase, it is likely to be second only to the Nissan Kicks.

Tata’s Creta-rival is expected to run an uprated version of the Nexon’s 1.5-litre diesel engine (110PS/260Nm) to match or even exceed Mahindra’s more powerful 1.5-litre unit that does duty on the XUV300 (115PS/300Nm) and Marazzo (122PS/300Nm).

The petrol engine is likely to be an uprated version of the Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbocharged unit.  Tata highlighted that the ALFA-ARC platform supports both AMTs and DCTs (yet to be revealed). But being a premium offering, the compact SUV is expected to only receive the DCT option, probably with both petrol and diesel engines.

This platform is also capable of hybridisation and electrification. With Tata doubling down on its efforts for EV adoptions by planning to launch the Altroz EV in 2020, we expect a similar product in the form of a compact SUV as well. Tata claims EVs based on ALFA-ARC can offer over 300km of range on a single charge

We won’t be surprised if Tata greenlights it given the segment will soon be crowded with several new entrants such as the Kia SP2i, 2020 Skoda Kamiq and VW T-Cross as well as the second-gen Duster. If confirmed, the Tata compact SUV is expected to be priced from the Rs 10 lakh, which is at par with rivals. We are expecting it to launch in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Source – Cardekho.com