While the majority of goods which are transported overland for long distances are stashed into trucks, LCVs connect the dots for last mile delivery in urban spaces. They are tailored to meet the needs of small businesses too and in India, the Tata Ace went on to become a hit when it was first launched in 2005. Its four wheels and better load carrying capacity took the fight to 3-wheeled competition from Bajaj and Piaggio among others.
One of our readers, Chaitanya Deshmukh, spotted two test mules of what appears to be new Tata LCVs for the international and Indian market. The test mules look like upgraded versions of the Tata Super Ace Mint, which was originally built to carry intra-city loads of up to 1 tonne. Powered by a BS4, 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder Dicor engine, the motor cranked out 70 HP and 140 Nm of torque. With a top speed of 80 km/h and gradeability of 47%, the Ace Mint promises faster turnaround times and fitted with a 38-litre fuel tank, it can cover pretty long distances too since it is rated for a fuel economy figure of 17.9 km/l.
An 8.6 feet long loading bay ensures cargo size isn’t an issue and the Ace Mint also scores high on driver comfort as it offers a modern, air-conditioned cabin. The first test mule in the picture is meant for international markets since its steering is on the wrong side. However, the one behind looks like the upgraded version that we’d get. The Tata Ace is a modular platform which is available in forms that serve the purpose as an enclosed container, a water tanker, a reefer for refrigerated transportation, municipal applications and even as a cafeteria on wheels.
With startups and small businesses booming all over, products like the Tata Ace provide ideal logistics solutions to such enterprises. Currently, the Ace platform is available in 8 different versions for India. Competition for the Ace platform comes majorly from Ashok Leyland’s Dost and Mahindra’s Supro and Jeeto platforms. For more such latest content from the world of automobiles, stay tuned and we’ll feed you with all the current updates and happenings.