Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tata Sumo Gold Launched at Starting Price 5.04L Ex-Showroom

Tata Motors Limited has just launched a revamped version of its workhorse MUV, the Tata Sumo. Dubbed the Sumo Gold, the MUV gets a raft of improvements and a complete makeover to take on the likes of the Mahindra Bolero and the upcoming Chevrolet Tavera BS4. This facelift of the Sumo range by Tata Motors comes close on the heels of the Bolero’s recent makeover, which has given the best seller Bolero more ammo to maintain its leadership position in the Indian MUV market.

The biggest change is in the engine department where the Tata Sumo Gold gets common rail direct injection in its 3 liter unit, which has been doing duty for many years now. The other engine also is a new unit, as the 2 liter TCIC unit from the old Safari has been dumped for a new 3 Liter TCIC diesel unit, one which produces lesser power but more toraue than the older 2 liter TCIC engine. The transmission remains the same 5 speed unit for both engines although Tata claims smoother shifting.

The 3 liter turbocharged DI diesel engine now in common rail guise gets a power bump up to 80 Bhp(up from 70 Bhp of old DI 3.0 unit), while torque output also goes up to 250 Nm(up from 223 Nm of DI 3.0 unit). The 3 liter TCIC, direct injection diesel engine has been tuned to deliver lesser power of 80 Bhp(down from 90 Bhp of the previous 2 liter TCIC unit) while torque output has gone up to 250 Nm(Up from 190 Nm).

The 3 liter CR4  engine now delivers an ARAI certified 14.07 KMPL, which will be what the salesmen at Tata dealerships will hope to sell the Sumo with. Tata also claims plenty of work having being done to the suspension for a more pliant ride quality even though the suspension set up remains the same, coil springs at front and leaf springs at the rear. On the rear, the bumper is new and so are reflectors on the bumper.

Always a butch looker, the Tata Sumo, in Gold guise gets a brand new front end, replete with new headlamps, a bumper, a chrome insert on the grille, a new grille design and fog lamps. On the inside, the dashboard sees a total redesign to become more upmarket. Cupholders and a factory fitted music system are just two of the many changes that the Sumo Gold’s dashboard sees, in a bid to match the new Bolero.

A rear wiper also makes it into the equation and so do rear folding jump seats, that will liberate space when not used. The seating retails the similar 2+3+2 layout although cab operators will manage to squeeze a couple of more people at the bare minimum in the Sumo Gold. Tata Motors does offer the Sumo Gold with a nine seat option, which will go down well with the cabbie crowd.

The Tata Sumo comes with an outstanding 36 month, 100,000 kilometer warranty for non commercial buyers while cabbies get a 2 year, 75,000 km warranty. Tata will offer the Sumo Gold in four variants, GX, EX, LX and CX for the 3 Liter CR engine while the 3 Liter TCIC engine gets three variants, with the GX variant missing. The entry level variant of the Sumo Gold is priced at INr 5.04 Lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi!

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Tata Sumo Gold Prices

Sumo Gold TCIC CX – Rs. 5.23 lakhs
Sumo Gold TCIC LX – Rs. 5.6 lakhs
Sumo Gold TCIC EX – Rs. 5.96 lakhs
Sumo Gold TCIC GX – Rs. 6.6 lakhs

Sumo Gold CR4 CX – Rs. 5.49 lakhs
Sumo Gold CR4 LX – Rs. 5.84 lakhs
Sumo Gold CR4 EX – Rs. 6.1 lakhs
Sumo Gold CR4 GX – Rs. 6.74 lakhs

Source: Indian Cars BikesMotorbeam

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