Tata Motors is working on a range of all-new cars and one of them is a full-size sedan that will sit above the Tigor compact sedan. The new car will take on the likes of the Honda City, the Maruti Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna. Currently, designers at Tata Motors’ design studios in Turin, Italy and Coventry, UK, are already working on the new car. The new range of cars are meant to plug the gaps in Tata Motors’ current portfolio.
After the discontinuation of the Manza a few years back, Tata Motors has left the full-size sedan space vacant, instead choosing to focus on the compact sedan class. Currently, it sells two compact sedans – the Zest and the Tigor. A full-size sedan in Tata’s product range will allow owners of the Zest and Tigor to upgrade within the brand in the next few years. This is a strategy that many automakers including Maruti and Honda follow.
Coming to the car itself, details are scarce at this moment, and this includes launch timelines. However, given the fact that Tata is planning to cover 90 % of the market by 2020, the full-size sedan could arrive sometime that year. Tata’s Advanced Modular Platform, whose first car will be the Baleno-rivaling premium hatchback, could underpin the new sedan as well. A lot of commonality between both are cars are likely.
As for engines and gearboxes, Tata now has plenty of options to play with. It now has turbocharged engines in both petrol and diesel options, as seen on the Nexon. The automaker has a new 6 speed manual gearbox, and automated manual transmissions, too. For the full size sedan though, a conventional torque converter automatic gearbox is what makes more sense given the segment it’ll operate in. Exciting times are ahead for Tata fans.