Tata Motors is working on an onslaught of new models that will be coming to India in the next 3 years. Here are the 10 upcoming cars.
Expected: Early 2017
The Kite 5 is the sedan version of the Tiago which was recently launched in India. The vehicle was first shown at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo and has been spied a few times since. The Kite 5 is another sub 4 meter sedan which will sit below the Zest sedan. It will most likely feature the same 1.2 liter petrol engine and the 105 liter diesel engine from the Tiago. Where the petrol engine produces 84 Bhp and 114 Nm, the diesel engine makes 70 Bhp and 140 Nm. The Kite 5 looks very sporty and stylish and is certainly going to appeal to a lot of youngsters.
Expected: Mid 2017
The Nexon is Tata’s take on the sub 4-meter SUV. It will take on the successful Vitara Brezza, Ecosport and the Mahindra offerings. What the Nexon has working for is it’s butch looks and SUV stance. It is stylish, something that people want. Under the hood there will be a petrol and a diesel engine. Tata has revealed that the diesel engine will be an all new turbo diesel unit with 108 Bhp and 260 Nm. That will make it the most powerful in the segment. The petrol engine will be the same 1.2 liter turbocharged unit that does duty on the Bolt and the Zest. If the Tiago’s pricing is anything to go by, we are sure that Tata will do a great job with the pricing for the Nexon as well.
Expected: End 2016
Tata has been teasing us with Sport (earlier Bolt Sport) for a while now. This is the hot hatch avatar of the Bolt. It as been developed in collaboration with Jayem Automotives, the company that produced a hot hatch version of the Indica as well. The Sport gets the same 1.2 liter turbocharged unit from the Bolt, however it has been given a remap. It now produces 108 Bhp and 170 Nm. Visually, there is a body kit that gives the Sport a more sportier look. We hope that Tata doesn’t disappoint and brings in the Sport to our market soon.
Expected: End 2016
The Hexa was first showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motorshow. A more production ready version was shown at the 2016 Auto Expo and it did get a lot of attention. This SUV takes design cues from the Aria, but has improved on it. The vehicle looks very good, especially if you opt to black out the chrome bits. It will be powered by the same 2.2 liter Varicor 400 engine that makes 154 Bhp and 400 Nm. It will come with both automatic and manual transmissions as well as 2wd and 4wd option. What is also interesting is the fact that the Hexa will also get the option of driving modes. Tata had planned to launch the Hexa by mid 2016, however they seem to have missed out on that deadline and are readying the car to launch by the end of this year.
The Nano should have been a runaway success for Tata Motors. It is a very capable car and was available at a very cheap price. However the tag of the cheapest car backfired and Tata could never recover from that. Tata is now working on an all new Nano, internally known as the Pelican. Though the overall shape looks the same from the spy shots, the headlamps and tail lamps have been given a major upgrade and are now more angular. The changes on the inside are more major though. The dashboard has been completely redesigned. This dashboard resembles that of the Bolt now and looks a lot more high end. The speedo is finally placed ahead of the driver, instead of it being on the centre. The Nano which was spotted had 13″ alloys, 1″ more than what the current Nano has. Tata had said that they would be doing a more powerful version of the Nano. This one certainly looks like it.
Q501 & Q502
Tata is borrowing expertise from JLR and is planning to bring in an all new premium SUV that will have the underpinnings of the Discovery Sport. Though Tata has said that the car will not look anything like the Discovery. This SUV will be positioned above the Hexa and will take on the likes of the Fortuner and the Endeavour. It will most likely get the 2.0 liter Multijet unit which is also the same one that Jeep’s new SUV is going to get. There will be a 5 seat and 7 seat version, hence the separate model codes.
X601 & X602
Tata is also looking at the people mover segment. The X601 and 602 are 2 MPVs that Tata is planning to bring out to replace the Sumo and the Movus. They will be aimed more at the utilitarian end of the segment, rather than the premium side. These 2 MPVs are said to look more like SUVs, rather than the conventional vans that we are used to seeing (Enjoy, etc). Both the MPVs are expected to look similar and the main difference between the two will be the seating configurations and the equipment levels on offer. We are not sure about the engines that will be used on these MPVs, but they will most likely be sub 2,000 cc.
In order to have a large portfolio and fill up gaps, Tata is also working on a premium hatchback that will take on the Baleno and the Elite i20. This vehicle will be an all new one from ground up. It will be based on Tata’s new platform, AMP (Advanced Modular Platform). It will get a host of 4 cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Engine specs are yet to be decided though. Since Tata has developed an all new platform, expect more models to be coming on the same platform. The X45i will be aggressively styled, just like the Bolt and the Tiago are.