Like most other manufacturers, Tata Motors is gearing up for Auto Expo 2016, with over 20 products across passenger and commercial vehicles. Tata’s passenger vehicle line-up at the Expo will comprise of the production ready Hexa crossover, a preview of the production ready Nexon compact SUV, and the Bolt Sport. Besides, there’ll also be kitted out versions of the Zica, Zest, Hexa and Safari Storme on display.
The Hexa is the antiquated Aria’s replacement, and features from completely refreshed styling inside out, apart from a new 2.2-litre diesel engine. Dubbed the VARICOR 400, this engine, recently employed in the Safari Storme, will be paired to new 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Other than that, the Hexa will come with a HARMAN sourced infotainment system, all-wheel drive and a watered down version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system.
Tata Nexon Concept
The Nexon will Tata’s new sub-4 meter long compact SUV. To be based on a heavily reworked version of the Vista platform, the Nexon’s design will draw direct inspiration from the Nexon Concept that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, whilst being governed by Tata Motor’s new Impact design philosophy. Power for the Nexon is expected to come from a turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre petrol engine from the Zica, along with the Bolt’s 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine. The possibility of an AMT with the diesel engine also exists.
The Zica compact sedan, codenamed the Kite 5 is also expected to be showcased at the event. Essentially a Zica hatchback with a boot, the Kite 5 is said to feature a coupe-like silhouette. Drive-train options and features are expected to be shared with the hatchback, apart from a handful of alterations to interior trim.
The Bolt Sport will also be on display, which squeezes out 120 bhp (vs 89 bhp) and maximum torque of 170 Nm form its stock 1.2-litre petrol engine, courtesy ECU mapping and a high-flow exhaust system. The car was already showcased at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.
Tata Safari Storme Celebration Edition
Other than that, Tata Motors will also be displaying the Zica Aktiv, the Hexa Tuff and the Safari Storme Tuff. While the Zica Aktiv will feature a body-kit and interior embellishments, the Tuff versions of the Hexa and Safari are expected to be festooned with outdoorsy body kits, body graphics and rugged tires.
The commercial vehicle section will witness the launch of a new range of trucks and buses; christened the Signa. Other showcases will include new products from the Ultra range of CVs and a technology display of the Tata Prima. Also on display will be SCVs like the Ace Mega XL and Magic Iris Ziva. Tata Motors will also have a dedicated section for the T1 Prima Truck Racing championship.