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05 February 2014

Tata Motors comes up with 18 products for the Expo

Production vehicles, commercial haulers and a couple of seriously intriguing concepts - Tata's stand is bustling with activity

Christopher Chaves
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Tata showcased a massive amount of vehicles this year at the Auto Expo. The range of vehicles varied from passenger and commuter vehicles to design concepts which were based on their DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext, PerformanceNext and FuelNext elements.

This included the Bolt – an all-new premium hatchback that is the result of a design culmination of three design studios (in India, the UK and Italy), and the Zest – a sub four-metre compact sedan. Both cars sport Tata’s new Revotron 1.2-litre engine that produces 84bhp and 140Nm, with a diesel option of a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel which churns out 74bhp and 190Nm. Both the hatch and sedan house Tata’s ultra-light electronic power steering with brushless motor.

Representing Tata’s commercial vehicle segment was the Prima CX 16 18T - a 180bhp, 675Nm producing green giant that weighs 6990kg and is capable of hauling little over 9 tons, along with their ladder-framed, 370bhp and 1550Nm-spewing, heavy-duty Prima racing truck (which, come March, will be belting around the Buddh International Circuit). The Ultra 614, that looks a little like a Tata Ace on steroids manned the medium commercial vehicles front.

Exhibiting the company’s investment in future technologies were Tata’s Design Concept compact SUV, the Nexon, and the futuristic ConnectNext Concept  - with cloud connectivity – a feature that allows home-to-car and vice versa connectivity, a heads-up display augmented satellite navigation with driver warning and guidance display, transparent inner rear view screen that transforms into augmented parking screen when the reverse gear is selected. Then there was the Safari Storme Ladakh edition – equipped with LED fog lamps, ‘Ladakh’ logo decal, bull-guard, body-side claddings, a snorkel, multi-terrain tyres – and the Sumo Extreme with its dual-coloured, tougher external appearance, with a hood scoop.

Other Tata Vehicles on display were the Ace Zip XL, Fleetman, Mafic IRIS electric concept, Starbus Urban FE and Urban 9/18 FE Articulated bus concept that has a seating capacity of 43 and standing capacity up to 48 passengers. There was even the LPS 4923 Lift Axle Tractor too – the first 6x2 tractor in the 49-ton gross vehicle weight category.

Tags: delhi auto expo, nexon, zest, bolt, horizonext, tata, tata motors

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