Tata Motors will unveil its much-anticipated premium hatchback today, the Altroz. It is slated for a launch in January 2020 and gets a host of premium features and upgrades from the Indian carmaker.Multiple spy shots and teasers of the car have given us an idea of its aesthetic appearance. It is built on the company’s Impact 2.0 design. It also gets front doors that can open to 90 degrees, along with a raked honeycomb mesh grille, sleek projector headlamps and 16-inch, 8-spoke alloy wheels.The interiors are equipped with a floating touchscreen infotainment display with phone app connectivity, ambient lighting, climate control, and a semi-digital instrument cluster. Tata is also expected to equip it with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors with camera, and a high-speed alert along with driver and co-driver seatbelt warning.Close Mechanically, the Altroz is expected to be offered with BSI-compliant petrol and diesel engine options. It should get a 1.2-litre naturally … [Read more...] about Tata to launch Altroz today: How does it fare against rivals?
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Tata Motors has officially unveiled the Altroz in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan ahead of its January 2020 launch. It is the company’s first car in the premium hatchback segment and the first Tata to be offered with BSVI-compliant engine options.It is based on the company’s Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced Architecture (ALFA) Arc platform which will be used extensively by the company for future models. It is 3990mm long, 1755mm wide and 1523mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2501mm. For its top-trim, it gets 16-inch wheels, while the rest get 14-inch units.Tata is offering the Altroz with a 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, 3-cylinder petrol engine which makes 86PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque. It is also offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine making 90PS and 200Nm. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while the driver can choose between City and Eco driving modes to alter the throttle response and engine characteristics.Close The interiors are equipped … [Read more...] about Tata unveils Altroz: First car from the company’s stable with BSVI powertrain
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In San Francisco, there’s a new normal—or rather, a new abnormal. California’s wildfire season is causing thick choking smoke to cover our city and turn our skies orange. Last year, fires sparked an air quality emergency and our air was rated the worst in the world. advertisement advertisement That a major American city suffered a 14-day air quality emergency, due to a wildfire that started almost 200 miles away, is hard for any city official to stomach. It’s even harder to accept that this is likely the Bay Area’s new normal as California wildfires burn hotter, spread faster, and occur with greater frequency—all because of climate change. This blanketing of smoke was previously unheard of in San Francisco. Now we must plan for it. And not only climate induced air quality emergencies but those due to rising seas and flooding as well. A recent U.S. Geological Survey study shows how vulnerable we are to our coastline disappearing under water. … [Read more...] about How San Francisco turned its waste problem into a climate solution