When launched 3 years ago, the Tata Aria crossover was car that had everything in it to become a true Toyota Innova competitor, but for Tata badge in front and a price tag that not many would pay for a Tata car. Tata Motors tried to improve the crossover’s sales by introducing lower priced entry level variants but nothing could help the lost cause. Now, Tata is planning to bring a facelifted version of the MPV, replete with more power and an updated feature list, to India.
The brochure scans of the facelifted car have leaked on to the interweb and reveal quite a few interesting details about the upcoming Aria facelift. Under the hood will be the same 2.2 litre VARICOR motor that powers the current Aria but it will be delivering a maximum power of 150PS instead of the current 140PS, while the peak torque of 320NM which is pretty much what you get currently.
The fuel efficiency stands improved at an ARAI certified 15.05 kilometers to a liter, which is again a northward revision from the current 13.7 Kmpl. The Aria will come in 3 colours: Pearl White, Quartz Black and Arctic Silver and the current Maroon colour option will be discontinued. The facelifted crossover will get clear lens side blinkers on the outside, along with dual parabola headlamps and new body graphics.
On the inside, the facelifted Aria gets a Harman audio system and NavTeq GPS Navigation while the interiors are expected to feature better quality materials – not that we ever cribbed about the current ones – and slightly increased legroom as well. The car will come in 3 variants: Pure, Pleasure and a top of the line Pride variant with an all wheel drive (AWD) system. The facelifted Aria will be launched on the 12th of March, at a price that is expected to undercut that of Innova for the base variant and will be at par with the Toyota MPV for the top end variant. Will these measures help Aria get a momentum in the sales arena? Let us wait and watch.
Brochure scans courtesy Motorbash