First Look: Tata Punch Facelift Spied on the Road

First Look: Tata Punch Facelift Spied on the Road

The Tata Punch, a popular micro-SUV in the Indian market, is set to receive a facelift by mid-2025. A camouflaged test mule was recently spotted testing, revealing some design elements inspired by the recently launched Punch EV.

Design Inspiration from Punch EV

The facelifted Punch is expected to borrow several design cues from its electric counterpart, the Punch EV. The front fascia, including the bonnet line and split headlamp arrangement, closely resembles that of the Punch EV. However, the ICE-powered Punch is likely to have distinctive features, such as a unique LED light bar and bumper details, to set it apart from the EV version. The alloy wheels also sport a new design, while the side profile and rear end remain largely unchanged.

First Look: Tata Punch Facelift Spied on the Road - midground
Tata Punch

Interior Updates and Equipment List

Inside, the Punch facelift is anticipated to adopt updates from the Punch EV. However, Tata Motors has indicated that the equipment list will differ between the two models, similar to the approach taken with the Nexon and Nexon EV. The EV versions are expected to remain better equipped, with features such as a larger touchscreen, electronic parking brake, all-wheel disc brakes, and OTA updates.

Powertrain and Mechanicals

Mechanically, the facelifted Punch is likely to remain unchanged from the current model. It will continue to be powered by the 1.2-litre three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 86hp and 113Nm of torque, paired with a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox. The CNG variant, which currently offers 73.4hp and 103Nm, is also expected to continue, with the possibility of an AMT option being added to the lineup.

Competition and Market Position

Since its launch in 2021, the Punch has carved out a niche in the micro-SUV segment, competing with the likes of the Hyundai Exter and Citroen C3. With the segment's rapid growth, the facelifted Punch will face increased competition, including an upcoming SUV from Maruti Suzuki, codenamed Y43, expected by late-2026.

The Tata Punch facelift is shaping up to be an exciting update with design influences from the Punch EV and potential feature enhancements. As the micro-SUV segment continues to evolve, the facelifted Punch will aim to strengthen Tata's position in this competitive market.