Tata’s engines thus far have been far from popular for their refinement. As a part of their Horizonext program Tata will be unveiling an all new petrol engine in Mumbai. The engine is as the company claims, “set for a revolution that will change the face of the Indian automobile industry”.
Karl Slym, Managing Director of Tata Motors had mentioned in an article published in the Hindu Business line, that Tata Motors will bring a completely new range of cars this year and above all else spoke about the development of Tata’s all new petrol engine. A large chunk of Tata’s sales are constituted by mostly diesel models.
In the current Tata line-up the Nano is the only Tata model not offered with a diesel option. Plans for a Nano diesel have been tossed around and the engine is almost developed, but Tata is still mulling over the feasibility of it.
If sources are to be believed, the company’s new gasoline engine is a turbocharged unit of the same 1.2-liter (XETA) engine that was available on the Tata Indica eV2. While that engine developed around 64 Bhp, a power output of around 98 Bhp can be expected from the turbocharged edition. Tata is likely to showcase the Falcon series at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Since, these are the latest models coming out of the Tata stable, they will most likely be the first vehicles that feature this engine.
Given that Tata is likely to show its ‘Falcon’ vehicles which are refreshed editions of the Indica Vista termed the Falcon 4. As well as a sub 4-metre compact sedan version of the Tata Manza (codename Falcon 5) at the 2014 Auto Expo, we expect these models to be the first to be powered by the all-new petrol engine.
Overall Tata has been due for a revamp for quite some-time now. The Nano has come out with new editions and has more upgrades that are on the way. An automatic transmission option may be one of them. One of Tata’s main challenges is to remove its image of a Taxi/Tourist vehicle brand. Although commercial sales do help bring in substantial numbers, the overall image of the brand is in a serious need of a do-over in order to connect with younger buyers.