On October 18, Tata Motors launched the five-seater mini SUV Punch at a starting price of Rs 5.49 lakh, the first all-new product launch by the company in 2021. The Tata Punch is placed below its Nexon and will battle against the Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite, valued at Rs 5.6 lakh. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Mahindra KUV100 NXT are the two entry-level SUVs in India rated below the Punch.
Tata Motors started bookings for the Punch for Rs 21,000 on October 4. The Punch, planned on the platform used by the Altroz premium hatchback, obtained a crash safety rating of 5 from Global NCAP. The Punch will be available in four variants—Pure, Adventure, Accomplished, Creative—that Tata Motors calls personas. The top-end manual variant is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh.
The Punch is available in manual and automatic manual transmission (AMT) versions. The AMT alternative is valued at Rs 60,000 more than the manual variant. In addition, there are four customisation packs available starting at Rs 30,000.
Just like most other models rated below Rs 6.5 lakh, the Punch will come only with a petrol engine for now. The mini-SUV is powered by a 3-cylinder 1199cc engine that produces a peak power of 86ps. The SUV, available in seven colours, will arrive powered by the same 1.2 litres naturally aspirated petrol engine seen on the Nexon.
Depending on customer feedback, the company will keep its options open for turbocharged and fully electric versions.
The Punch arrives with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, engine start-stop, Eco and City drive modes, 90-degree opening doors, a flat floor in the rear, steering mounted controls, 7-inch infotainment system, rear camera, voice commands, cruise control, height-adjustable driver seat, auto-folding ORVMs and temperature control.
Tata Motors declares that the Punch has been examined for more than 2 million kilometres timed on 150 prototypes. These were run in hot, 50 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan, and cold conditions, minus 10 degrees Celsius in Ladakh. The car will is being at the company’s Pune facility.