Tata Punchh is merely hours away from making its public debut but various walk around videos of the new model have already surfaced the web ahead of the official revealing. It’s already known that the new model will be sold in 4 trim options with rather weird names – Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative. The Pure trim, which will, of course, become the entry point, will be a bare-bones model with a really fewer number of features. However, a new video that was published recently shows that even the base-level version gets automatic climate control.
As you can see above, the base variant of the Tata Punch comes in a single-tone paint scheme with black plastic cladding in the lower section. It rides on 15-inch black-painted steel wheels shod with 185/70-spec rubber. The door handles on the front doors are non-painted but the ORVMs are body-coloured with turn indicators. When viewed head-on, you’ll be quick to notice that the chrome has been replaced with piano black trim, which, in our opinion, makes the fascia look slightly bolder. The Harrier-like hood-level DRLs and main beams at a lower position are on offer even on the base version but fog lamps are not a part of the package.
Inside, the dashboard gets a dual-tone light creme-grey colour tone but is devoid of most of the fancy features. For example, the instrument cluster is an all-analogue unit instead of the part-digital Harrier-like unit on the high-end trims. The steering wheel doesn’t get audio controls and there is no touchscreen infotainment unit on offer. Even the gear lever knob looks very basic and has no piano blacker chrome inserts. Furthermore, while the front windows are electrically operated, the rear ones come with manual controls. The rear bench seat gets fixed headrests and no centre armrest, which is unlike what you get on the higher versions. Interestingly, however, even the base model gets automatic climate control, a feature that is usually reserved for top models. This is surely a beneficial feature that is available only on the top-spec Alpha trim of arch-rival Maruti Ignis.
Powering the Tata Punch is a Tiago-sourced 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that is also available on the Altroz as well as the Tigor. This motor outputs 86 hp. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. The base model, however, is likely to be available only with the manual option. Prices should start around Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom).