Tata Motors is currently one of India’s leading car manufacturer. They have been in the market for a long time and they have a variety of models in their portfolio. In the initial days, Tata Motors had launched several models that Indian buyers were actually not prepared for. They had models like Estate and Sierra. These cars are now appreciated by many but, back when these were launched, the response was not very good. Both these models are rare and can be seen in the garage of an enthusiast. Here we have one such Tata Estate that has been restored and modified with several modern features.
The Tata Estate seen in the image has been modified by Cochin Cartel from Kerala. The complete car has been restored and the modern touches given to the car look good. The front grille has been blacked out and it does not get a Tata logo anymore. The headlamps are stock but, have been cleaned thoroughly so that they look new. The bumper on the Tata Estate is the same as stock but, it now has been painted in body colour.
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The whole station wagon has been painted in a shade that resembles to Nardo Grey. In terms of design nothing has changed in the Estate. It retains the rectangular like boxy shape. The steel rims are completely blacked out and that goes well with the Grey paint job on the car.
Moving in, the car gets several customisations. The interior gets a brown leather upholstery with diamond stitching on the seats. The new interior give the cabin an upmarket feel. The brown leather upholstery also covers the center console, gear boot and handbrake. The dashboard is also finished in brown colour. The AC control switches are retained and other control panels on the replaced with toggle switches. The new set of switches control the music system, wiper, headlamps and other features.
The post does not share any detail about the engine of this car. When Tata launched Estate in the market, it was powered by a 1.9 litre naturally aspirated diesel engine. The engine was sourced from Peugeot and it generated a maximum of 67 Bhp and 118 Nm of peak torque. The engine was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Estate or cars from station wagon segment never gained popularity in India. Manufacturers like Skoda, Fiat, Opel had tried their luck with estate cars in India. Even Maruti Suzuki offered a station wagon in India. The estates are popular in other countries as they are practical and offer more space inside.
Coming back to the Tata Estate seen here in the image, the work done on this car looks extremely good and Cochin Cartel definitely did do justice with the car. The design of Tata Estate was inspired from Mercedes-Benz Station Wagon. As mentioned above, Tata Estate was one of those cars which was way ahead of its time in the Indian market. For a car of that era, Tata Estate offered features like power windows, Power steering, tachometer and factory fitted casette player.
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