10 Forgotten Indian Station Wagons: Tata Estate to Maruti Baleno Altura

By Aquib Nawab

Car Models

By Starline Motors, 1973. Station wagon based on the popular Fiat Padmini sedan. Equipped with a four-cylinder petrol engine producing 40 PS. Sadly, it didn't stay in the market for long.

1. Fiat Padmini Safari

2. Hindustan Ambassador Estate

Hindustan Motors launched a station wagon variant of the iconic Ambassador. One of the earliest station wagons in India. Despite its uniqueness, it's now a rare sight on Indian roads.

Maruti Suzuki's attempt at a station wagon based on the Baleno sedan. Launched in the 2000s but struggled to find its place in the Indian market.

3. Maruti Suzuki Altura

The Octavia Combi brought a high-performance variant to the station wagon segment. Equipped with a 150 Bhp engine. It faced challenges and limited success in India.

4. Skoda Octavia Combi

Tata ventured into the station wagon market with the Indigo Marina. Offered both petrol and diesel engine options. Despite Indigo's popularity, the Marina couldn't attract buyers.

5. Tata Indigo Marina

Tata's early entry into the station wagon segment. Designed based on 1980s station wagons from Mercedes Benz. An interesting piece of history from Tata's automotive journey.

6. Tata Estate

Fiat's introduction of the Weekend in India in 2002. Marketed as a spacious vehicle. Designed by the renowned Giorgetto Giugiaro from Italy.

7. Fiat Weekend

The rugged version of the Palio hatchback, known as the Adventure. Similar to Fiat Avventura and Punto, with a powerful 1.6 engine. A sporty twist on the traditional station wagon.

8. Fiat Palio Adventure

General Motors introduced it after the success of the Corsa sedan. Equipped with a potent 1.6-litre petrol engine generating 92 Bhp. Known for its exceptional comfort.

9. Opel Corsa Swing

Brought to India by Sipani Automobiles Ltd through a partnership with Britain's Rover Motors. Offered unique features like self-leveling suspension and sunroof.

10. Rover Montego