The Tata Aria’s story in the Indian market is a sad one. What was touted to be Tata’s most ambitious and technologically advanced vehicle ever has turned out to be one of their biggest market duds in the car maker’s passenger car history. The Aria has completely failed to capture the market in stark contrast to its rival from Mahindra, the XUV500.
To set things right and get the ball rolling again for the Aria, Tata motors is planning on giving its flagship product its first major update. Spotted in these images is one of the changes that the update for the Aria could include. The smoked headlamps as seen on the test vehicle in these images is just one among a raft of changes that Tata has lined up for the Aria.
Tata will be giving the Aria a major shot in the arm by upping the specs of its 2.2 Litre DICOR powerplant and G76 5-Speed manual Box. The Aria’s Peak Power is set to rise from the current 140 PS to 156 PS, while the Peak Torque will see a significant boost from the current 320 Nm to 400 Nm. The current Aria’s G76 5-Speed Manual will be making way for its elder sibling, the G85 6-Speed Manual Box.
The 2013 Aria could finally debut the 6-Speed Tiptronic Automatic Transmission, which Tata Motors had showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo last January. If indeed that happens, it will be the first Automatic Transmission Equipped Product to roll out from the stable of Tata Motors and what better way for Tata Motors to debut its first automatic transmission, than to do it on its flagship product, the Tata Aria.
The powertrain upgrades that will be seen on the 2013 Aria, were originally meant for the European-Spec Aria, but seeing as we in India will also be getting a taste of these upgrades just shows the level of never give up attitude that the folks at Tata Motors possess. So, we at IndianCarsBikes wish Tata Motors well on their plans for the Aria, and hope that these upgrades will give it a fighting chance to go head-to-head and toe-to-toe with its chief rival, the Mahindra XUV 500.
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