As per a report published by ET Auto, Tata Motors intends to launch as many as 12 new cars based on the new Alfa and Omega platforms. The company will be investing around USD 1 billion (INR 6,881 crore) to this effect.
The Omega platform is a derivative of JLR's D8 architecture that underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It will form the basis of the Tata Harrier, the production version of the Tata H5X Concept. The production of the SUV will commence before the end of 2018. A 7-seat spinoff of the Harrier will become the second Omega-based product scheduled to enter production in 2019.
Alfa is essentially a name for what has been referred to as AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) thus far. The first product based on this architecture will be the production version of the Tata 45X Concept (codename: Tata X451) that debuted at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. The hatchback will be a direct rival to the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20. It will be arriving next year during the festive season. Tata will follow it up with a sedan rivalling the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Ciaz. Expect it to borrow styling cues from the Tata E-Vision Concept built on the Omega EV architecture.
The company is preparing its Maharashtra and Gujarat manufacturing facilities to handle production of Alfa and Omega based products. The 12 proposed models will be spread across multiple segments and are likely to include electric vehicles. Expect successors of the Tiago, Tigor, Zest and the Nexon to ride on the Alfa.
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Tata isn't the only OEM announcing an investment to the tune of USD 1 billion in the Indian PV market. Earlier this month, Skoda Auto, on behalf of parent Volkswagen, revealed the India 2.0 plan that will see the company invest USD 1.1 billion in the Indian market directed primarily towards the development of new products.
[source - ET Auto]