Rendering - Tata Penguin 0.5-tonne pickup (Exclusive)

15/03/2010 - 12:06 | Commercial Vehicles,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

Tata Iris Pickup truckThe Tata Penguin could be priced at around 1.8 lakh rupees

We have shown you two batches of spyshots of the Tata Penguin pickup truck that will sit below the hugely successful Ace. What we didn't know while we posted those images is the passenger version of this little truck would be unveiled at the Auto Expo as the Magic Iris.

The Magic Iris gets a 611cc diesel engine which was developed by Tata in partnership with Greaves. With an H-pattern gear shift layout, well designed dashboard and two individual seats up front, the Iris is very close to a passenger car.

It isn't only the cabin that's car like. MacPherson struts with an anti-roll bar at the front and trailing arm layout with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers are what you'd find on smaller cars sold world over. 145 R12 radial tires and hydraulically actuated drum brakes help Iris retard.

The direct injection 611cc water-cooled diesel engine develops 11bhp at 3000rpm and 31Nm between 1600-1800rpm.

We expect the technical specifications to remain same on the Tata Penguin. The vehicle should be unveiled this year and priced to take down the Mahindra Gio.

Tata Penguin High resolution image

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