Rumor: Tata Motors building a new B-Segment hatchback based on the Indica platform to take on the Hyundai i10/Maruti WagonR
Tata Motors could squeeze out the last ounce of juice from the decade and a half old Indica platform in the next couple of years as engineers at Tata are said to embarking on a new small car project. The new Tata B-Segment hatchback is said to be based on a modified Indica XO platform and could be launched by 2015. The car is expected to compete with the likes of the Hyundai i10 and the Maruti WagonR in terms of price and positioning. By the looks of it, the new B-Segment hatchback from Tata Motors could sit under the Indica Vista B+ segment hatchback.
The 2015 Tata small car based on a modified Indica platform could feature interesting engine options: a 1.2 Liter turbo petrol engine and a 1.05 liter-triple cylinder turbo diesel engine. While we’re to get wind of the 1.2 Liter turbo petrol engine’s specifications, we do know more than a bit about the 1.05 Liter turbo diesel unit. First showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo on the Tata Manza Hybrid Concept, this engine is a downsized version of the 1.4 Liter CR4 common rail turbo diesel engine that powers the likes of the Indica Vista and the Indigo eCS.
The 1.05 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel motor outputs a peak power of 65 Bhp and a peak torque of 140 Nm. Being a 3 pot diesel, the engine is expected to be highly fuel efficient. Tata Motors is said to be betting big on the new hatchback based on the Indica platform as this car is expected to be a fresh offering in Tata Motors’ increasingly dated looking portfolio. Until the new hatchback arrives to add to Tata Motors’ volumes in the small car sector in India, the car maker will unleash a slew of refreshes over the next 24 months.
Cars like the CNG-Petrol dual fuel Nano, the diesel powered Nano, the refreshed Tata Aria with an automatic gearbox, the Tata Safari Storme with a boatload of new equipment and creature features, and the Tata Vista Cross crossover are a few launches said to be in Tata Motors launch program for the next 24 months. With these launches, Tata Motors hopes to claw back the market share that it has steadily lost over the past couple of summers.