An Indian Autos Blog reader has sent in these spyshots of the Tata Movus (pronounced Move-Us). The Movus is reported to be an improved version of the current Sumo Grande, and in order to appeal to a new audience, Tata will ditch the nameplate as well.
In terms of design, the only visual enhancements we're able to see in these images are the side body graphics. Towards the rear, these prototypes are devoid of any badges, and the black bumpers and steel rims indicate that they could be the base variants on test.
In terms of powertrain, the Movus will use the same engine which powers the Safari Storme. This 2.2-liter four-cylinder VariCOR engine produces 140 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque in the Storme and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. By using this engine, the Movus will achieve a higher ARAI-certified fuel efficiency than the Grande.
Mechanical enhancements are reported to be an improved clutch and a better and longer lasting brake lining among others.
Tata will price the Movus a notch above the Grande (which is currently priced at INR 8 lakhs ex-Showroom, New Delhi for the base BS 4 variant). We expect the Movus to be announced at the Auto Expo next week. Stay tuned to Indian Autos Blog for further details.