Tata Motors is working on a sub-4 meter crossover based on the Tata Falcon platform. Here’s a speculative render of the Tata Falcon-based crossover that the CarToq team has put together. As is evident from the render, the Falcon crossover is likely to share various styling aggregates that will first appear on the hatchback version.
Like the Cross Polo, Fabia Scout and the upcoming Punto Adventure, the Falcon-based crossover is likely to be a raised hatchback with butch styling bits such as revised bumpers and side cladding. In keeping with the trend started by recent Tata SUVs such as the Aria and the Safari Storme, the spare wheel on the hatch lid is likely to be relocated to a location under the boot.
A taller ground clearance could be the major highlight of the Falcon based crossover. Expect the Tata crossover to share its engines and transmissions with the Falcon hatchback and compact sedan. The crossover is likely to retain the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine and the upcoming 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor.
As is with the case of the engines, the 5 speed gearbox options will also be carried over from the Falcon hatchback and compact sedan. In other words, expect the Tata Falcon crossover to be similar to the Tata Vista D90 Xtreme Concept, a crossover based on the Vista D90 hatchback.
The crossover based on the Falcon project is likely to make its debut in 2015. Although not a full fledged compact SUV/crossover in the lines of the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport, the Falcon based crossover will give Tata Motors its first toehold into the high growth compact SUV segment in India.
Expect the Tata crossover to be priced above the Falcon hatchback, but well below the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. The sub-4 meter length and extensive parts sharing are two factors that will allow Tata Motors to price the crossover competitively.