Tata Sumo Grande to get a makeover in the next six months

Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 - 6:21pm IST

To profit from the madness for urban SUV models in India, and use it as a CPR to restart this forgotten model, Tata Motors is revamping the Grande (formerly Sumo Grande) to launch in the next six months.

New Tata Sumo Grande MkII

A person privy to the developments told IndianAutosBlog.com that “specific consumer segments are identified for which the Grande will be made and marketed to.”

The Grande sits on the stretched Sumo platform. As it is a ladder frame (the underpinning’s inception goes back to the 1990s), it held on to the crude leaf spring rear suspension and misses out on important safety features such as ABS and Airbags. Tata repositioned the car in 2009 as the ‘Grande Mk II’ and yet again in 2011 with all round improvements. However even with the customer feedback addressed the model never managed to disturb the sales momentum of either the Bolero or Scorpio.

Tata is evolving the new design philosophy that launched on the Storme which would cut across all products. This is likely to influence the styling of the new Grande too. If the ‘Horizonext’ program launched yesterday is setting the tone for lifecycle activities, we may see the Grande get refinements in the powertrain department, improvements in fit and finish and new features in its next revision.

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6 thoughts on “Tata Sumo Grande to get a makeover in the next six months

  1. ramesh Padmnabhan says:

    Movus(grande) is a very good product of tatas ,they have to use independent rear suspension and dicor engine as one variant

  2. michael says:

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  3. Ayyappan says:

    They need a gigantic effort to create an impact. Radically redesigning the Grande would be a big challenge. But a good step, nevertheless.

  4. Siddharth says:

    When are we going to stop bashing Tata for minutest of the things. When we look at Bolero the perception changes its got exposed hinges on doors, flawed ergonomics inside cabin, torque below 200nm, but still it sells like cakes which IMO is only due to perception. The Sumo beats it in all areas but still not able to sell. Looks of the 2 are comparable but still…

  5. Veeru says:

    IMO, they should stop selling the Sumo now, it has run it’s course and looks utterly out of place in today’s market. If Tata has to sell it, atleast do it through commerical vehicle dealerships. I don’t think anyone buys it for personal use anymore. They should concentrate more on Grande, give it a new name and pit it against Bolero/Scorpio. They should also revamp Aria and position it against Innova as most people ended up comparing it with Innova/Xylo rather than viewing it as a crossover inspite of excellent levels of equipment.


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