Tata Motors is pulling up its socks after facing the heat in all segments over the past few months. The company is all set to unleash at least three new cars this month, which should bump up its sales numbers.
Tata Motors is planning something big for June 19 at its plant in Pune. A report on Team-BHP states that Tata Motors could probably be launching three cars that day, two of which the report is relatively sure of. These are not likely to be new cars, but are instead much-needed refreshes of existing cars that would lend its products some freshness and draw in new buyers.
So what are the new products likely to be?
Refreshed Tata Indigo eCS
Team-BHP has posted a scoop photo of what looks like a facelifted Tata Indigo eCS. This was the original compact sedan that kick started the segment in 2008, before the Maruti Dzire came in and dominated the segment. The Indigo eCS has found favour with private buyers who were looking for a three-box car and with the cab market, as it has a fairly large 380 litre boot and good cabin space. However, recently the Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire have been hogging all the limelight, and now with cars like the Mahindra Verito Vibe also joining the party, Tata is giving the Indigo eCS a refresh. Also read: Compact Dzire can give Tata Indigo eCS a run for its money
What’s evident from the spy photos is that it would get new headlamps – twin beams with a smoked effect, a new grille that breaks away from the standard smiling face it had, and new bumper. At the rear, the car apparently gets some added chrome garnish, which makes it more contemporary. Also read: Mahindra launches new Verito Vibe compact sedan
Tata Nano CNG
The other big launch, and something that would go down well with buyers in metros is the likely launch of the Tata Nano CNG variant. This car would bring down the already low running costs of the Tata Nano even further, bringing its running costs almost in line with that of two wheelers. Tata is also working on a diesel version of the Nano, but this is likely to take a few more months. Reports state the Tata Nano CNG is ready for launch. In addition to the standard 15-litre fuel tank that it has, this car will also sport a CNG cylinder mounted under the front seats that should be good for a range of about 150-200 km. Also read: Tata Nano to get a facelift and new CNG variant
The Tata Nano has been seeing its sales shrinking as buyers, even first-time buyers are keen on buying cars in the premium hatchback and compact sedan segment rather than at the entry-level. Sales of the Nano stood at 1,014 cars in May 2013, 8,507 cars in May 2012.
There’s no news as of now as to what the third launch could be, but for the moment these two would do well to add some much needed numbers to Tata’s sales figures.