Tata Motors future product map exposed

Posted on: Feb 5, 2013 - 2:30pm IST

The past year was a terrible one for Indian automakers. The growth in the automotive segment was hampered due to erratic fuel policies, rising interest rates and changing market scenario. While the industry expected the growth percentage to be over 10%, it was a little over 2%.

Tata Nano CNG with rear bumper ventsTata Nano diesel spied by Indian Autos Blog reader Ashutosh Paranjpe

[Left – We spotted the Tata Nano CNG testing near Pune last month with a new bumper; Right – Ashutosh Paranjpe sent us this image of the Nano CRDI from Pune last year]

The biggest hit was taken by Tata Motors as the Indian automaker lost both market share and market position. But under the helm of Karl Sylm, Tata Motors is undergoing a transformational phase to prepare for a brighter future.

Tata Motors has had very few new products in the last four years and the first step in the revival strategy is to introduce freshness throughout the lineup.

Tata Nano Diesel

The most promising product from the Tata stable will be the Nano diesel – quite possibly the smallest and the cheapest car with a diesel engine in the world. It is expected to be powered by an 800cc motor with a generous fuel economy of 35+ kmpl. The estimated price tag is upwards of 3 lakhs.

Tata Nano facelift

Continually improving the Tata Nano platform, the automaker is expected to bring an updated version of the Nano in the coming months. It will feature revised front and rear bumpers, a revised tail lamp cluster and an incorporation of a hatch that can be opened for easy storage.

Tata Safari Storme
The Storme is also expected to receive an automatic transmission this year or in 2014

Tata Nano CNG and 800 cc

Tata Motors is conducting road tests of the Nano CNG variant, it is expected in mid-2013.

Tata Manza/Vista CS

Tata Motors believes that the sub-4m segment is important, attractive and is focused on it. The Manza/Vista CS can borrow powertrains from the Vista – the 1.2L SAFIRE petrol engine and the 1.3-liter Quadrajet engine will fit in nicely, giving them the excise benefit for small cars. We don’t have exact confirmation on the timeline, perhaps using the Auto Expo, where the country’s first compact sedan (Indigo CS, Auto Expo 2008) was launched, can be the ideal location and time to showcase the new generation compact sedan?

Automatic gearbox for Aria and Safari

The rise of automatics has forced manufacturers to bring their DCT, CVTs and torque converters to India. Tata Motors is working with ZF to develop a six-speed torque convertor for the Aria and the Safari. A concept version of this technology was presented at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi

Tata Aria AT Concept interiorsTata Vista D90 Xtreme concept rear

[Left – Tata Aria AT Concept from the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo; Right – Tata Vista D90 XTreme Concept from last week’s unveiling at BIC]

India’s first diesel automatic hatchback

Despite being a nation that is increasingly favoring auto boxes and diesel cars, we don’t have a single diesel hatchback with an automatic gearbox. According to sources, Tata Motors plans to change that by bringing out a diesel Vista paired to an auto box. This will not be a six-speed torque convertor taken from the Aria but a bespoke five-speed box for smaller Tata cars.

A ‘Scout’ version of the Tata Vista D90

Inspired by the Skoda Fabia Scout, Tata Motors plans raise the Vista hatchback. The automaker presented a concept version of this idea at the D90 launch in New Delhi last week. Tata Motors is currently garnering feedback for the acceptability of this concept. If it gets a green light, it will be a stop-gap arrangement until a new compact SUV is developed.

Tata Indica XL CR4
The Tata Indica XL project has been shelved, but Tata will use this platform in the future

Other products such as a compact SUV and a mini Aria are also speculated to be under development. Unfortunately, no official information is available right now on these new products.

Ranjit Yadav, former country head of Samsung India and Neeraj Garg, ex-director of Volkswagen have been brought in to direct Tata Motors forward. This new team might be the last resort Tata Motors has to truly become a global automaker.

[Source: BSMotoring.com]

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7 thoughts on “Tata Motors future product map exposed

  1. thirumal says:

    tata – bring up the seira …. the best compact indian suv

  2. sachin says:

    TATA needs to bring in a compact suv like ecosport and duster….thats the future of Suv in india…..safari is not enough.

  3. adi says:

    tata really need to do something before thy loose foothold in there own country india
    i myself have been using indica(twice) and now vista (since its launch) and all my car were superb no problem at all
    tata actually need to decreases their prices (for breaking the backbones of the competitors) and i knw they will make it

    Waiting for NANO CNG and DIESEL eagerly . May be the they can bring the much awaited push for tata

  4. sandy says:

    No Pixel or Megapixel? 🙁
    Atleast the Vista Extreme should be made curvy and edgy with improved visual appeal.

  5. Ramesh says:

    The Nano diesel has been in the news since 2010 and still no concrete news on it. I remember a rendering of the future Dolphin on this very site. Still no news. There are no test mules of any TATA models on the roads. The Vista and Manza are long overdue for a facelift and there were rumours that this could be in Mid-2013. But till date no test mules are seen.

    While other companies are launching new models and facelifting existing ones, Tata seems to be rehashing the same old models with different interiors and engines. Meanwhile, looking at the sales figures, customers seem to be deserting them in large numbers.

    I hope things in Tata change for the better and they come up with new products and fast. They really need to improve their Turn around Time.

    Meanwhile there is lot of good news about the Safari Storme. Tata seems to have delivered an almost niggle free products and users seem to be happy so far-both with the product and with the After Sales.

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