The all-new Tata Punch compact SUV was unveiled in India yesterday, and the company plans to announce pricing on October 20, 2021. Punch is the first SUV to be built on Tata’s ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform and designed using the company’s Impact 2.0 styling cues.
Pre-orders for the entry-level SUV are now available for a pittance of 20,000 yen. In addition, the business has divulged critical features and other facts about the Punch SUV, which will be released soon. The Punch will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger. On paper, here’s how the newly released Punch compares against its competition.
Punch and competition: Dimensions
|Tata Punch||Maruti Ignis||Nissan Magnite||Renault Kiger|
|Length||3827 mm||3700 mm||3994|
|1742 mm||1690 mm||1758||1750|
|Height||1615 mm||1595 mm||1572|
|2445 mm||2435 mm||2500||2500|
|Ground Clearance||187 mm||180 mm||205|
The Tata Punch measures 3827 mm in length, 1742 mm in width, and 1615 mm in height. It is the largest and most expensive of the three. The Mahindra TUV300 and Maruti Suzuki Ignis, on the other hand, are the same length at 3700 mm, but the former is the highest at 1655 mm. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the smallest automobile in terms of proportions, with a length of 3700 mm, a width of 1690 mm, and a height of 1595 mm. The Tata Punch, interestingly, has a ground clearance of 187 mm, which is more than any of its competitors. This Punch has a length of 2445 mm, which is 10 mm longer than the Ignis
Interiors & Features
The Tata Punch’s cabin has a dual-tone paint scheme that appears modern and well-designed. It has a flat-bottom steering wheel, engine start-stop button, automatic climate control, powered auto-folding wing mirrors, cruise control, auto climate control, cooled glovebox, auto-sensing wipers and auto headlamps, a 7-inch instrument panel, 90-degree opening doors, and more. Dual airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, ABS with EBD, and an industry-first brake sway control are included in the Punch’s safety features. A reverse-parking camera is included in the top-spec vehicles.
The interior of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is dual-tone black and light beige, with a good fit and finish. The vehicle is equipped with a touchscreen display and the SmartPlay Studio 2.0 infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has auto climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, and electrically operable ORVMs, among other features. Maruti includes two airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX seats, seatbelt pre-tensioners, and a rear parking camera with guiding lines as standard safety features.
The Nissan Magnite features an all-black dashboard with silver accents. The plastic quality is acceptable, comparable to a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, yet the Hyundai and Kia SUVs remain the sector leaders.
Renault Kiger has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available on the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Multi-information display on a 7-inch screen, a total of eight speakers, Sound system by Arkamys, Large cargo area of 405 litres, which can be increased to 879 litres by folding the rear seats. Automatic climate control, ambient lighting, and a PM2.5 air filter are all available options. Normal, Eco, and Sports driving modes are available.
Punch and competition: Transmission & Engine
|Specifications||Tata Punch||Maruti Suzuki Ignis||Nissan Magnite||Renault Kiger|
|Displacement||1199 cc||1199 cc||999||999|
|Max Power||84 bhp||82 bhp||98.63bhp||98.63bhp|
|Peak Torque||113 Nm||113 Nm||152nm||152Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual/ 5-speed AMT||5-speed Manual / 5-speed AMT||Manual/ CVT|
Manual/ AMT/ CVT
The Tata Punch is powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine with Dyna-Pro technology that produces 84 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm at 3300 rpm. The mill comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an AMT unit as an option. The 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine in the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, on the other hand, produces 82 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm at 4200 rpm. It has a 5-speed manual transmission and an AMT gearbox as an option.
The Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite sharing the same platform will also share the powertrain. A 1.0L NA petrol engine and a 1.0L turbo-petrol motor. The former makes 72bhp while the latter makes 100bhp. They also share the transmission system, both come in either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic. However, the Kiger along with these two options also has an AMT auto option.
All these micro SUVs are very closely matched making it hard to select the best. Which SUV would you prefer? Let us know in the comment section below.