Seeing growing competition from the Hyundai Exter, the Tata Punch is reported to soon feature a digital instrument cluster across all its variants. While the Tata SUV has enjoyed much success since its launch in October 2021, the Hyundai Exter is well-equipped and packs in a host of nifty features that the Punch misses out on. Offered in 4 different trim levels – Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative, the Tata Punch currently gets a 7.0-inch part-digital instrument cluster (only available in the Creative trim), Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, a sunroof, 16-inch wheels, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, Harman speakers, and Traction Pro. In comparison, the new micro-SUV from Hyundai comes with 15-inch wheels, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen (vs. Punch's 7.0-inch), an all-digital instrument cluster with 4.2-inch MID, cruise control, wireless charging, ESP, and 6 airbags as standard.
Tata Punch: All Except Creative Trim to Get 4.0-inch Digital Display
But, with the digital instrument cluster, the Tata Punch will join the likes of the Hyundai Exter and others to offer this feature as standard. Market reports suggest that all trims of the Punch, save for the Creative, will be available with a 4.0-inch digital screen.
The top-spec Creative trim, on the other hand, can be had with the same semi-digital instrument cluster seen previously in the Harrier and Safari pre-facelifts. This screen displays the speed and torque meters, trip meters, odometers, service reminders, and more. Meanwhile, the 4.0-inch display in lower-spec variants will provide speed, fuel gauge, trip details, and more, except you do not get a tachometer. The same digital setup is also offered with the Tata Nexon, the Tiago, and the Tigor.
Tata Punch: Engine, Output
Under the hood, the Tata Punch gets two powertrain options. First is a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine that makes 86.63bhp at 6,000rpm and 115Nm of peak torque at 3,250rpm. This engine comes paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic option. In terms of mileage, the Punch offers 18.97km/l (claimed). In CNG mode, the same engine cranks out 72bhp and 103Nm of torque. The CNG variants come only with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Tata Punch: Price, Market Rivals
The prices of the Punch petrol-MT variants fall within a price bracket of Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 8.92 lakh, whereas the petrol-AMT variants stand between Rs 7.49 lakh and Rs 9.52 lakh. Meanwhile, the Punch CNG is offered at a starting price of Rs 7.09 lakh, and goes up to Rs 9.68 lakh for the top-spec variant. All are ex-showroom figures.
Apart from the Hyundai Exter, the Tata Punch rivals the likes of the Nissan Magnite, Mahindra KUV100, Renault Kiger, and others.