Tata Motors's mysterious 1-liter 3cyl DICOR engine at Auto Expo

12/01/2012 - 05:38 | ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

Curtains have fallen on the Delhi Auto Expo but we sure aren't done talking about all the interesting displays. Case in point is the three-cylinder DICOR engine shown at the Tata Motors pavilion. The company has not shared data on its underpinnings which is why we believe its a 1.4-liter (from the Indica eV2) with one deleted cylinder.

The new engine belts out 65PS of power and 140Nm of torque. The Manza hybrid concept vehicle standing next to it hides one under its bonnet.

Tata 1-liter DICOR engineTata 1-liter DICOR engine specifications

Tata Nano will have its own two-cylinder sub-1 liter diesel engine and the Vista is unlikely to nix its well-refined 1.3-liter Fiat unit for this three-cylinder. That brings us to the question - For application in which production vehicle was this engine designed for? Surely it can't hold on until the Manza hybrid is ready to head out to dealerships.

Is it for a future product that replaces the Indica eV2 or sits right between the Nano and the eV2? Or is Tata about to pull off a 30kmpl on the eV2 with the help of this downsized motor?

What do you think?

Image credit - HK-Harry

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