Monday, November 21, 2011

Tata Aria Automatic to be launched by end of 2012

Tata Aria

Tata Motors has set the stage for the launch of the automatic transmission (AT) variant of Aria in India and is expected to roll out the crossover by the end of 2012. The price of the automatic variant is likely to be around Rs. 1 lac more than the manual transmission variant. However, whether the giant home-grown carmaker will offer the automatic transmission in both 4×2 and 4×4 version is not definite.

It must be noted that the Aria automatic has been seen during its testing in Pune recently, which assures its launch in India. The upcoming version of Aria is expected to give considerable competition to the likes of automatic versions of Mahindra Scorpio, Ford Endeavour and Chevrolet Captiva.

As far as the looks of the AT variant is concerned, the only difference will be the inclusion of an ‘auto’ badge on the exterior. As a matter of fact, Aria stands out from other Tata cars in terms of interiors, fit and finish and a dashboard that is soft touch. The seats set an example in the terms of comfort.

During long drives, passengers seating on the front and in the middle row can relax as they have adequate headroom, legroom and shoulder room. Speaking of the rear, the third row of seats lacks user space and is best suited for kids only. The automatic variant will enhance the overall driving especially in short distance urban commuting.

Tata is likely to use a six-speed automatic transmission for the Aria. The Aria AT will be powered by the same 2.2-litre DICOR engine that makes 138 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. We expect the Aria AT to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in about 16 seconds. One can expect a mileage of roughly 12.5 kmpl for the Aria AT.

The Aria AT is expected to include all the features found in the manual variant depending on the trim levels. The safety features offered on the Tata Aria AT top-end variant are likely to include Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), ABS, EBD and traction control, six airbags, cruise control, side intrusion beams and a collapsible steering column.

There will be cruise control switches, Bluetooth and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. In addition, there will be features like satellite-based navigation system, leather upholstery, darkness sensing head lamps, rain sensing wipers, glove box chiller, 6 CD audio system and reverse camera expected in the AT variant.

The Aria AT will likely be priced Rs. 1 lac more than the manual variant. Hence the Aria AT top-end Prestige 4×2 variant will be available at a price of Rs. 15.26 lacs while the 4×4 variant will be priced at Rs. 16.84 lacs.

Thus, the variety that Tata has offered in Aria seems to be a hit in the Indian market where buyers are having a great penchant for high-end vehicles.

Source: Car Trade India

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