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2021 Tata Altroz iTurbo Drive Review

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Tata Motors India has unveiled the new Tata Altroz iTurbo, a turbocharged petrol variant of the Altroz hot hatchback that is offered in the naturally aspirated petrol engine and turbo-diesel powertrain options. The brand has opened pre-launch bookings on the Altroz iTurbo but not revealed its price yet. The launch is slated for 22nd January 2021 where the price will also be revealed. 

We got to test drive the Tata Altroz iTurbo before the car’s launch and here is a detailed review of how the Altroz iTurbo drives and what are the changes to the new turbo-petrol variant which has been better equipped with a new powertrain to compete with the Volkswagen Polo TSI and the all-new Hyundai i20. The new IRA equipped connected infotainment also comes with segment-first features such as Hinglish voice commands. 

But the major change is under the hood. The new Tata Altroz iTurbo is powered by a BS6 emission-compliant 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that pumps out 110 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque matched to a 5- speed manual gearbox. With the new powerful engine, the Altroz in the turbo-petrol avatar can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 11.9 seconds. The Altroz iTurbo also claims a fuel efficiency of 18.13 kmpl on the MIDC cycle. The brand has also equipped the hot hatch with a Sports Mode that boasts to improve the power and torque delivery by 25-30% as compared to standard. 

The Altroz on the inside also features an updated floating island touchscreen infotainment system with IRA connected features that offer 70 Hindi, English and Hinglish commands, remote connectivity via a smartphone application, What3Words command, wearable SmartKey, a new dual-tone black and light grey interior colour and Xpress Cool air-conditioning that cools the cabin 70% faster than standard.

The Altroz is still underpinned by the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced – Architecture) platform that made its debut with the hatchback and features the brand’s IMPACT 2.0 design language which means the Altroz features sweptback headlamps with projectors, large bumper-mounted fog lamps, flared wheel arches, dark inserts on the tail lamps, 16-inch machine-cut alloy wheels and an iTurbo badge on the tailgate, that differentiates the car from the standard.