Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tata Elegante

GENEVA — While Indian automaker Tata plans an ultra-cheap $1,700 car, it has also been busy upgrading its midsize family-oriented models, the Indigo hatch and the Indica sedan. The Elegante concept unveiled at the Geneva auto show previewed a new version of the Indica.

Tata EleganteThe Elegante is the first preview of Tata's all-new sedan. It was conceived with a range of 1.4-liter to 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines in mind. Tata also mentioned the possibility of a V6 gas engine and Fiat-sourced common-rail direct-injection turbodiesels.

The production version of the Elegante, which is not as elegant as its name suggests, will be introduced later this year as a sedan, to be followed by a hatch. These models will be bigger than their predecessors.

Tata is now trying to widen its portfolio. In addition to the Indigo/Indica line, there are various off-roaders and pickup trucks, including the minuscule 1-ton Ace, which has been a runaway success in rural India.

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