An Indian Autos Blog reader snapped these images of the next generation Tata Winger in Pune, Maharashtra. For the next generation Winger model, Tata Motors would borrow the Renault Master's platform, as seen in these spyshots which show a left-hand drive, camouflaged test mule.
According to our sources, Tata will launch the Master-based Winger in the later part of 2014. However, the current Winger, which in turn is based on the old Renault Trafic's platform, will continue to be sold, albeit with a minor facelift. The Master-based Winger would be positioned above the current Winger as a more luxurious alternative.
As far as engine options are concerned, Tata has plenty of choices they could explore. The base variants of the new Winger could use the 2.0-liter TCIC engine, which is capable of producing 90 bhp at 4,300 rpm and 190 Nm of torque between 2,000-3,000 rpm.
The 3.0-liter engine powering the Sumo Gold is also a suitable candidate for the new Winger. This engine produces 70 PS and 223 Nm of torque in BS 3 spec, and 85 PS and 250 Nm of torque in BS 4 spec.
Top-end variants of the new Winger could sport the modern 2.2-liter VariCOR engine which is used in the Safari Storme. This powerplant develops 140 PS and 320 Nm of torque in the Safari.
Like the current Winger, we expect the new model to have various seating configurations. For reference, Tata sells the Winger in 9+D, 12+D and 13+D configurations as of now. We expect to learn more about the new Winger in the days to come.