Tata Punch Facelift Spotted Testing

Tata Punch Facelift Spotted Testing

The facelifted version of the Tata Punch is expected to inherit the updates from the recently launched electric variant, the Punch EV. Updated front and rear bumpers, a redesigned headlight housing, LED daytime running lights, and a redesigned grille are all expected exterior features. The interior could be upgraded with a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display and a similar-sized digital instrument cluster. In terms of safety, enhancements such as six airbags, a 360-degree camera system, and electronic stability control are probable additions.

The Tata Punch initially made its debut in India in 2021 and welcomed an electric variant with modernized aesthetics and features in 2024. The internal combustion engine (ICE) variant is slated for a mid-cycle refresh expected to be unveiled in 2025. Recently, a camouflaged model presumed to be the facelifted Punch was spotted for the first time.

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Tata Punch Facelift Front 3-Quarter View

Observations from the Spy Shots

Despite its camouflage, the updated front fascia inspired by the Punch EV is discernible on the test mule. The facelifted Punch is likely to sport a new grille, LED DRLs, and revised headlight housing, similar to the electric version. While the overall silhouette of the micro SUV remains unchanged, it might receive new alloy wheel designs. The rear end's taillights appear to resemble the current model, with expected subtle adjustments to the bumper.

Cabin Updates

Although the interior of the facelifted Punch remains largely unseen, it is expected to align with the updates found in the Punch EV. The refreshed model will likely offer enhanced features such as a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch fully digital driver's display, and ventilated front seats. Existing amenities like a sunroof and cruise control are expected to be retained.

The safety equipment in the Tata Punch facelift is set to be bolstered with the addition of six airbags, electronic stability control, and a 360-degree camera with blind-spot monitoring. Currently, the Punch is equipped with dual front airbags and a rear parking camera.

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Tata Punch Facelift Rear 3-Quarter View

No Changes Anticipated in the Powertrain

The facelifted Tata Punch is expected to retain the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (88 PS and 115 Nm) found in the current model, available with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT transmission. The engine is also offered in a CNG variant with reduced power output (73.5 PS and 103 Nm) paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Tata may introduce a 5-speed AMT option for the Punch CNG facelift, following its recent addition to the Tata Tiago CNG and Tata Tigor CNG. The Punch CNG features Tata's dual-cylinder technology, allowing for practical boot space.

Expected Price and Rivals

The Tata Punch facelift is expected to start at a price of around Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom). It will continue to compete with the Hyundai Exter and serve as an alternative to the Maruti Fronx, Citroen C3, Maruti Ignis, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger.