Report – Tata Aria Facelift AT to debut at Auto Expo, launch in April
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According to a Car Toq report, Tata Motors will showcase the Aria facelift at the upcoming Auto Expo which takes place in early February, while a market launch of the crossover is in April 2014.
The Aria facelift will also add the option of an automatic transmission (a 6-speed AT), which is believed to be sourced from General Motors. Would this be the same system used on the Captiva AT?
As our readers are aware, Tata has already showcased the Aria facelift with an automatic transmission at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. However, the report suggests that further refinements have been carried out to the car ahead of its Auto Expo debut.
The 2.2-liter diesel engine is expected to be retuned to produce 155 PS and 400 Nm of torque (the Aria currently produces 140 PS and 320 Nm of torque).
On the outside, the Aria facelift will receive smoked projector headlights, a new lens for the taillamps, and perhaps redone alloy wheels. Tata could also introduce a new dual-tone paint scheme for the Aria (like the Geneva Show car).
Inside, the second-row could have two captains chairs, while seat fabrics of the show car were of a different and improved material.
Will the refreshed Aria with an automatic transmission improve the sales of the crossover, which until now has never done three digit performances consistently?