Snapshot: Tata Motors is all set to reveal the 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine that it will use on cars such as the Falcon 4 (revamped Vista) and the Falcon 5 (Manza based compact sedan) models. The 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor will be the first such engine built by Tata Motors, which until now has stuck to naturally aspirated petrol motors. According to various reports on the interweb, Tata Motors’ 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine will focus on maximizing fuel efficiency than outright performance.
Since the Nano’s 623 cc twin cylinder petrol engine introduced in 2009, Tata Motors hasn’t introduced any new engine that operates on petrol. This hasn’t been surprising considering the Indian car market’s enmasse shift towards the cheaper diesel fuel. The status quo is set to change soon as Tata Motors will unwrap its new 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine on the 20th of January, 2014. This engine will use the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder XETA petrol motor as its base. The engine is likely to output about 80 Bhp of peak power.
As the peak power output clearly indicates, the 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine from Tata Motors seems to be in a mild state of tune, with the focus being on good driveability rather than outright top-end performance. Also, adding a turbo charger is likely to make the 1.2 liter petrol engine quite fuel efficient due to the boost in low rpm torque and more efficient utilization of tail pipe emissions. The new petrol engine will power the likes of the Falcon 4 and Falcon 5 car models.
The 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine from Tata Motors will be first instance of turbo petrol engines hitting the affordable mainstream of Indian cars. While we have cars such as the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, Fiat Linea T-Jet and the Ford EcoSport EcoBoost that feature turbo petrol engines, they’re not as affordable as say a Tata Vista hatchback. Therefore, if Tata Motors prices the Falcon 4 (revamped Vista) close to the prices of the Swift and the Ritz petrol models, it will mark yet another chapter in Indian automotive history.