Apart from diesel and turbo petrol engine options, Tata will also launch a fully electric version of the Punch at a later stage
Tata Motors was able to grab attention with its latest offering in the form of Punch. The Micro UV sits at the bottom of its SUV lineup and despite being a FWD car has been appreciated for its compact dimensions and off-road capability. However, the UV doesn’t have a diesel or turbo petrol powertrain that provides some oomph under the hood.
This may change as Tata may plan to develop a diesel-powered punch in the near future. An undisputed test mule to punch has been seen at a fuel refilling station in Pune that was filling up diesel. This suggests that the domestic automaker is testing a diesel powertrain in small SUVs.
Currently, the punch is only offered with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor that makes 85 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. While this engine is very frugal and more than adequate for the daily commute, it lacks the mid- and top-class grunts that provide some spirited performance. Therefore, a high torque oil burner can solve this issue.
Tata Punch Diesel Spy
In all likelihood, Punch will borrow the 1.5-litre diesel unit from the Altroz as both the cars are based on the same Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) architecture. Hence, it makes more sense to source this motor instead of the discontinued 1.05-liter diesel motor offered earlier in the Tiago.
The 1.5-litre oil burner puts out 89 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque while it is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The same power plant has been given in the Nexon where it is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or AMT.
In fact, Tata Motors is also planning to introduce a turbo 1.2-litre Revotorq petrol motor. This motor churns out 109 bhp and 140 Nm of peak torque and is exclusively mated to a 5-speed gearbox in the Altroz iTurbo.
Punch – Powertrain Options & Features
Tata Motors offers the Punch in four trims namely Pure, Adventure, Exclusive and Creative with prices ranging between Rs 5.49 lakh to Rs 9.09 lakh (ex-showroom). It is offered with features like a 7-inch touchscreen system enabled with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, semi-digital instrument cluster, auto climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers.
The company also offers Micro UV with IRA Connected Car technology as an optional accessory package. In terms of safety, it gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking camera. The Punch competes against other Micro UVs such as Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Ignis as well as subcompact SUVs like Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.