Tata Motors finds itself in a hole of sorts amid falling car sales but the irrepressible Indian automaker can’t be faulted for not trying hard enough. The latest effort from Tata Motors will arrive on the 12th of March in the form of the 2014 Aria Facelift alongside the Tata Movus (a rechristened Tata Sumo Grande MUV).
The facelifted Aria will come with a slew of changes, along with an uprated turbo diesel engine. Although Tata Motors calls the facelifted Aria an all-new model, don’t take the “all-new” tag too seriously, for the new Aria is a facelifted model at best.
While Tata Motors has saved an Aria variant with a 6 speed automatic gearbox for later, here’s everything you need to know about the facelifted crossover arriving next week.
1. In terms of cosmetics, revised headlamps with a black bezel, clear lens tail lamps and body decals are the visual changes on the facelifted Aria.
2. The Aria gets a 2.2 liter VARICOR turbo diesel engine borrowed from the Safari Storme. This diesel motor now produces 148 Bhp of peak power, a 10 Bhp increase over its previous output of 138 Bhp. The torque output at 320 Nm remains unchanged though. The 5 speed manual gearbox has been retained.
3. Other major mechanical changes on the facelifted Aria are aimed at improving reliability and longevity. A new timing belt and an improved clutch are the two major changes in this regard.
4. Increased fuel efficiency of an ARAI rated 15.05 Kmpl, a good 10 % improvement over the previous figure of 13.51 Kmpl, is another improved aspect of the facelifted Aria.
5. 10 speaker (6 speakers and 4 tweeters) Harman Kardon music system with an 8 channel DSP amplifier is a major addition to the Aria’s infotainment system.
Ex-Showroom Delhi prices of the Aria Facelift are listed below:
Aria Pure LX 4X2 : Rs. 9,95,006
Aria Pleasure 4X2 : Rs. 12,00,010
Aria Pride 4X4 : Rs. 14,74,002
Top end variants of the Aria are equipped with ABS+EBD, ESP and airbags. Tata Motors seems to have missed a party trick by not equipping the Aria Pure LX with the bare minimum of ABS+EBD, a feature that’s very necessary in a vehicle that weighs nearly 2 tons. Having disc brakes on all four wheels do help matters to a certain extent though.