From building just commercial vehicles to (now) having a full fledged line-up of passenger cars, Tata Motors has come a long way indeed. And now the growing range looks more promising than ever. But that’s not all, as the company is looking at launching four hot products in the near future. We take a look at them and see what’s the anticipation about.
Expected launch: Mid 2017
USP: Space, distinct styling
The first compact SUV from Tata Motors has been a long time coming. Not only that, the vehicle will also be used to showcase the company’s new 1.5-liter diesel engine, alongside the existing 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol unit. With its platform shared with the Bolt and the Zest, the Nexon will be sub-four-meter in length, and will rival vehicles like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, and Nuvosport.
Tata Kite 5
Expected launch: October/November 2016
USP: Competitive pricing, boot space
Based on the same platform as the recently launched Tiago, the Kite 5 sedan is yet to be named. Engine options for the vehicle will be same as that of the hatchback (1.2-liter NA petrol and 1.05-liter diesel), while as reported earlier it will have the largest boot (420 liters) in the segment. The car will replace the Indigo eCS and will be positioned below the Zest in Tata’s sedan line-up.
Expected launch: June/July 2016
USP: Featured-laden, more powerful than XUV
Closest to launch, the Hexa will not just go on to replace the Aria, it will also be the new flagship for Tata Motors. That also means the vehicle will be loaded with features, and will also be available with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. The same 2.2-liter VariCOR 400 engine that powers the Tata Safari Storme 400 will be used in the Hexa, which means it will be more powerful than its main rivals.
Expected launch: End of 2016
USP: Space, hot hatch performance
Think of a souped-up Bolt that offers the same practicality as the regular car but with more power and better handling, and you have the Tata Sport. Showcased at multiple auto shows, the vehicle is the first of the performance-oriented products by the company. The 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine is tuned to make 110 PS and 170 Nm of torque, the suspension also receives tweaks for better handling balance, and there’s a body kit present, too. A new exhaust, a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, and revamped (sportier, basically) interior round up the changes on the vehicle. Made in collaboration with Jayem Automotives — the same guys behind the 230 hp ‘Super Nano’ — the Tata Sport is said to achieve 0-100 kmph in 12 seconds.