Tata Motors has just launched the Movus MUV in India. The Movus is essentially a reworked version of the Sumo Grande. Since the Sumo Grande never really took off and challenged the likes of the Mahindra Xylo, Tata Motors has hit the re-branding route to begin afresh. Along with the re-branding the Movus gets a big price drop, with the MUV now being aimed straight at higher variants of the Mahindra Bolero, a best seller in India.
To take on the mighty Mahindra Bolero, Tata Motors has given the Movus a price tag of 6.99 lakh rupees for the base CX version. At this price, the Movus is a good 60,000 rupees cheaper than the outgoing Sumo Grande. A higher priced LX version is also on sale. Both variants of the Movus will feature the 2.2 liter VARICOR turbo diesel engine with 118 Bhp peak power and 250 Nm peak torque outputs. The gearbox is a five speed manual item.
Tata Motors offers a warranty of 150,000 kilometers/3 years on the drivetrain of the MUV. The Movus gets an ARAI certified mileage figure of 15.16 Kmpl. Apart from the improved mileage, the MUV gets a slew of improvements such as better clutch life, revamped master cylinder for lower effort in operating the clutch. better quality latches, a new timing belt aimed at better life, better turning radius and a revised fuel filter design.
The Movus is available in two shades, Porcelain White and Meteor Silver. The MUV can be specified with 7, 8 and 9 seat configurations. While the Movus is aimed at the family MUV buyers in India, the Sumo Gold will continue to be aimed at the cab fleets. In the coming months, Tata Motors is expected to launch a cut-price Movus with the 3 liter CR4 turbo diesel engine borrowed from the Sumo Gold.