Tata Motors planning to launch a Maruti Ertiga-rivaling MPV in India

In the last few years, Tata Motors has really up their game and are coming up with more and more new products in the market. Last year, they launched one of the most anticipated SUVs – the Harrier – in the market and this year, they launched their first ever premium hatchback – the Altroz. They also updated their line up this year and made it compliant with the new BS6 emission norms. Tata Nexon, Tigor and Tiago also received a facelift and even the Harrier was launched with updated features and an automatic transmission. Now, we have reports that Tata Motors is now planning to launch an MPV.

According to Team-Bhp, Tata Motors is now planning to launch an MPV in the market that will compete with cars like Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Marazzo in the segment. Tata is expected to start working on it after the launch of their micro SUV Hornbill, which is based on the HBX concept showcased at the Auto Expo this year.

Tata Motors is expected to utilise the ALFA platform which is already being used in their premium hatchback – the Altroz. The ALFA platform is flexible enough to accommodate different body styles like a hatchback, compact SUV, MPV, sedans and also different seating configurations. This will help Tata save a lot of time and effort as they won’t have to build a new platform altogether. The HBX SUV or the Hornbill also uses the very same platform.

Tata is also working on couple of other products based on this platform, and one of them is likely to be a sedan. The Maruti Ertiga-rivaling MPV from Tata Motors is expected to use a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine that has been already seen in many Tata Nexon and Altroz premium hatchbacks. The engine will generate the same power as it does in the Nexon compact SUV. It is not known whether there will be petrol engine on offer or not.

Tata Motors is expected to launch the HBX micro SUV by the end of this year or early next year. Tata might start testing the upcoming MPV by the end of this year and is expected launch it in the market later in 2022

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