Tata's Forgotten Cars & SUVs: Spacio to Sierra

By Aquib Nawab

Pioneering India's Compact SUV, two-door, with Innovative Design and 4x4 Option, Ahead of Its Time.

Tata Sierra

Tata's Indian station wagon experiment, inspired by 1980s Mercedes-Benz designs, didn't find favor with buyers.

Tata Estate

Tata's foray into diverse segments included the Tatamobile pickup truck, but it struggled to gain traction in the private sales market.


Tata renamed Gravitas to Safari in India, even offering a petrol variant with a 2.0L NA engine that generated 135 Ps, but diesel SUVs remained popular.

Tata Safari Petrol

Tata introduced the powerful 3.0L Dicor engine in the Safari after the Mahindra Scorpio's debut in 2002, based on the Tata 407 platform.

Tata Safari 3.0 DICOR

Tata's attempt at station wagons with Indigo Marina didn't hit the mark, but Ratan Tata owns one, using it for his dogs.

Tata Indigo Marina

An extended version of the Indigo sedan, it provided more space than a Honda Accord. Found success in commercial but not private use.

Tata Indigo XL

Manza, a premium upgrade from the Indigo, arrived in 2010 to rival Verna and City, offering a 1.3L Fiat-sourced diesel engine.

Tata Indigo Manza

Spacio was basically a Sumo without doors, very rare on our roads, using the same 3.0L diesel engine, with a canvas roof for extra seating.

Tata Spacio 3.0

Tata's Bolt, the Indica Vista successor, aimed for a premium look but Indica traits lingered. Despite exterior, interior, and safety upgrades, sales disappointed.

Tata Bolt