Tata Motors has unveiled the list of products at the Auto Expo 2012 that included concepts which could be seen in the market in the recent future.
The humble Tata Nano concept comprises of the new Start-Stop technology which reduces fuel consumption. The other features available are wider tyres with alloys, front disc brakes, vibrant exterior color with luxurious interiors, glove box, Pentagraph wiper system, Hazard warning switch, chrome strip on hood and tailgate and a music system.
The Tata Nano CNG concept is amazing. It is India’s most efficient petrol car with a ARAI certified mileage of 25.4KMPL (Petrol) and lowest CO2 emissions of 92.7 gm/km. It has both petrol and CNG options which can be switching over from one fuel to another instantly. The new CNG system inserted into the Nano doesn’t utilizing more space and the CNG supply cuts off in case of leakage. Another Nano based concept, the Pixel Concept, depicts the features like toroidal, traction drive and infinitely variable transmission (IVT), Zero turn park assist system along with its minimum turning circle. The perfect blend of style and design and the four seater option is going to fetch a lot many consumers.
The hybrid technology of Tata Motors is being depicted by Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept. It has a Dicor 1.05 litre engine with 45kW electric motor that reduces the emissions to 90gms/km. The solar panel mounted atop and the regenerative braking helps in charging the batteries. The other features include infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, 6-way powered front seats etc.
The much awaited all new Safari, the facelifted SUV which we were all hoodwinked to call it as the Merlin also was launched at the Auto Expo. Obviously, the name Merlin was nowhere in the picture as the all new Tat Safari is now called as the Safari Storme.
The matter under the hood remains the same. The Tata Safari Storme is powered by a 2.2 litre DiCOR engine churning out 141.8 bhp @ 4000 rpm. This pretty much is the same engine powering the current Safari. The features of the Merlin include the spare tyre which is placed under the floor, a twin exhaust and newly designed roof rails, new front grill, side cladding, projector headlamps and a redesigned rear. The turning circle radius is 5.4 meters makes it easy to maneuver in city traffic. It is also equipped with ESOF transmission (Electronic shift on fly) with which we can shift from 2WD to 4WD on the move.
The electrically operated power fold ORVMs with turn signal is the added features in the list of equipments. The interior is spacious and luxurious with a leather wrapped steering wheel, wooden finish Décor of dashboard and door trims, charging points on all three rows, Dual AC with manual electric control and roof mounted separate blower for rear passengers and side intrusion beams on all 4 doors to protect from the side impact.
Tata Motors’s costliest car, the Aria, featured at the Expo too. But this time around, the Aria Automatic concept, Aria-AT was basking in all its glory. With the Aria-AT, Aria gets a automatic transmission added to the car that allows effortless drive in the city traffic even at a speed of 6-8 kmph owing to its torque converter which multiplies the low end torque. It features three modes Sport, Economic and Cruise. The Transmission also features hill grip and descent control and will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 version.