Truck and car maker Tata Engineering & Locomotive Company is
planning a splash at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, with a display of at least two new car
models it is planning and upgrades of almost all its existing passenger car models. The
company made waves in end-1998 with the launch of its Indica small car. A surprise item
will be a larger car the company has developed. This vehicle, according to Telco insiders,
will compete in the mid-size luxury segment in terms of price as well as quality,
it is reported.
The car will be a 4-cylinder, 2-litre, 132-horsepower
engine vehicle with contemporary styling and design, and will incorporate features that
usually go with a luxury car. It has a multi-point fuel injection system, capability to
touch 100 km per hour in just 13 seconds and a maximum speed of 195 km per hour. It will
be bigger and roomier than most of the new generation mid-size vehicles including
the Accent and the Ikon.
The vehicle will be competitively priced. Telco will fully
exploit its modern manufacturing facilities and its the high levels of indigenisation it
has been able to attain while developing the Indica. Now for the catch. The vehicle is
unlikely to be in the market before late 2001.
Besides the large car, Telco has just
completed work on a two-door small car, which it defines as a concept car developed on the
Indica platform. This vehicle is also expected to be on display at the expo. Then
there will be upgraded versions of its Sumo, Safari and Sierra as also the Eur-compliant
versions of the diesel and petrol Indica.