Tata Motors has become one of the biggest homegrown manufacturers. Tata launched India’s first indigenous car – the Indica. Over the years, Tata Motors has come a long way from where it started. While Tata Motors has a lot of vehicles in its portfolio and we remember a lot of vehicles from the past but there are a few vehicles that we have forgotten. Here are ten cars and SUVs from Tata that we have forgotten.
Tata Sierra was the first proper SUV in the Indian market. Yes, Tata did showcase a concept Sierra at the 2020 Auto Expo, not many people remember the original Sierra. Well, Sierra’s unique shape is what set it apart from the other vehicles on the road. Tata even launched a 4X4 variant of the Sierra. While the model never got popular, it was way ahead of its time and the market was still not ready to splurge money on SUVs.
It was an experimental phase for Tata and the brand was trying to enter new segments too. With the popularity of the estate segment going up in the European market and a few manufacturers launching them in India too, Tata launched the all-new Estate. The vehicle received a lot of parts from the Sierra. The design was very much inspired by the Mercedes-Benz station wagons of the 1980s. However, the model did not do well in the market.
Tata also entered t pick-up truck segment in its early days. The Tata Mobile was based on the Estate and it was aimed at the customers who wanted a pick-up truck for private use. The pick-up truck segment never became popular among the private car buyers in India and it remains the same to date.
Tata Safari petrol
While everyone remembers the legendary Tata Safari, not many may remember the petrol-powered performance-oriented version. Tata launched in the early 2000s and it was powered by a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that generated a maximum power of 135 PS. The market preferred diesel back then.
Tata Safari 3.0 DICOR
Tata also launched a more powerful version of the Sierra diesel. After the launch of the Mahindra Scorpio in 2002, Tata decided to launch a more powerful Safari diesel. Powered by a 3.0-litre DICOR engine, which was derived from the Tata 407. Tata switched to the 2.2-litre diesel in less than a year after announcing the 3.0-litre DICOR version of the Safari.
Tata Indigo Marina
Tata Estate did not manage to attract many customers. However, Tata tried its luck again in the station wagon segment with the Indigo Marina. The Marina did offer loads of space but not many gave attention to the model. Even Ratan Tata owns one and uses it to take out his dogs.
Tata Indigo XL
Tata Indigo XL was a long-wheelbase version of the Indigo. The space inside the Indigo XL was so much that even the Honda Accord from that generation failed to match it. The Indigo XL did become popular but only with the taxi fleet owners.
Tata Indigo Manza
The Tata Indigo Manza was a much more premium version of the Indigo. Tata launched the Manza in 2010 to attract the customers of Hyundai Verna and Honda City. It came with a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine from FIAT, which was once the national engine of India.
Tata Spacio 3.0
The Spacio is one rare breed of vehicle and it is almost impossible to spot on the roads. The unique Spacio was based on Sumo and it entered the market in the early 2000s. Tata powered the Spacio with the 3.0-litre DICOR that was also available with the Safari. The canvas roof allowed to load more than 20 people and it became quite popular in the rural areas as public transport.
The Indica Vista successor was the Bolt hatchback. Tata tried to move on from the Indica’s design with the all-new Bolt but the resemblance was quite uncanny. It came with an updated cabin and quality improvements too. Tata added safety features like ABS and airbags and also a more powerful engine. However, the Bolt did not strike a chord with the market and did not sell very well.