TATA PUNCH
Overdrive|October 2021
Could Tata’s micro-SUV, the Punch, be the most authentic of its kind so far?
SIMRAN RASTOGI

Type 1,199 3-cylinder petrol

LxWxH (mm) 3,827x1,945x1,615

Max power 86PS@6,000rpm

Price ₹10.31-10.99 lakh, on road Mumbai

Max torque 113Nm@3,300rpm

+ Proportions, space, features, easy-to-drive

- Relaxed powertrain, pricey

After a long wait (and delays due to the pandemic), the Tata Punch micro SUV is finally here and like any SUV worth its ground clearance, it’s drummed up a whole lot of interest. As a reminder, we first saw it as the H2X concept at the 2019 Geneva auto show, followed by the HBX concept at the 2020 Auto Expo, with countless prototypes spotted on road, back when we thought it would be called the Rhino, or the Hornbill. At launch, the 2021 Tata Punch will be available in petrol only, powered by the 1.2-litre, 3-cyl Revotron motor that also does duty in the Tata Tiago and Tata Altroz, with the option of a 5-speed manual transmission or 5-speed AMT. We expect pricing to sit between the Rs 4.5-7.5 lakh mark (exshowroom). Should you be interested in the Punch?

What is it, exactly?

In case you were wondering, the Punch is Tata’s attempt to bridge the gap between entry-level hatchbacks merely styled like SUVs, and entry-level crossovers that have more space, features and capabilities — to an extent. The former includes the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Mahindra KUV100, and the latter stretches across one of the hottest segments in India — from the Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet to the Punch’s elder brother, the Nexon.

This micro-SUV segment between the two is set to grow, rapidly. The Punch lands the first — blow — and the upcoming Citroen C3 will be another one to look out for, before the Hyundai Casper gets here. And while the Punch is front wheel drive only, it’s reasonably light and has impressive ground clearance — most importantly, it’s based on the Altroz’s ALFARC platform, so it has width on its side. It also uses a clever ram air intake system to increase low-end torque, and the AMT version is equipped with electronics that could potentially help you get out of slippery situations.

Styling

Given that its dimensions lie between the two segments, the Punch does look larger than its size would suggest. And on these diamond-cut 16-inch alloys coupled with a very large glasshouse and high bonnet line, it actually looks superbly proportional unlike some crossovers that can appear top heavy. There’s a lot of angular, sharp surfacing, and well executed plastic cladding to break up the visual bulk present and it works well with elements like Tata’s tri-arrow motifs for an overall cohesive design. The rear door handles hidden in the C-pillar actually do somewhat give the Punch a 3-door look, which works in its favour. There’s no denying the Safari/Harrier/Nexon connect. And that’ll likely be the Punch’s greatest selling point.

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