6 new Tata SUVs lined up for launch in India: Blackbird to Punch Turbo

Since the last couple of years, Tata Motors has been on a roll, as the homegrown carmaker has been posting some really impressive sales numbers off late. The carmaker has worked extensively on various aspects like new-generation design and engines and safety, and the efforts are now paying well in its favour. Tata Motors is upping its pace for strengthening its position in India as a leading carmaker, and for that, it is prepping up six new SUVs which will arrive in the coming years. Here’s the complete information on all the new SUVs from Tata Motors in the works.

Tata Punch Turbo

While the Punch has become hugely popular with its attractive micro-SUV styling and a coveted 5-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests, the not-so-powerful 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine is its Achilles heel. Tata is said to be working on a more powerful turbocharged version of this engine, which should solve the problem of lack of power. Just like the Altroz i-Turbo, the Punch Turbo will also get a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine, which will make 110 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque.

Tata Blackbird

There is a huge gap in between the Nexon sub-compact SUV and Harrier midsize SUV, and to fill in this space, Tata Motors is reportedly working on an all-new premium compact SUV. This new SUV will take on the fresh new competition from the SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor and Nissan Kicks. The details of this all-new SUV are scarce at the moment, however, like all the other Tata products, this new SUV will be high on visual appeal, space and safety. Rumoured to be called Tata Blackbird, this new SUV is said to be offered with 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options.

Tata Nexon EV

The Tata Nexon EV has already become a runaway success for the Indian carmaker as India’s highest-selling and most popular electric vehicle. To make sure it keeps the momentum running, Tata Motors is reportedly working on an updated version of the sub-compact electric SUV. This new version will get a couple of updates like new alloy wheels. However, the biggest improvement will be in the maximum range offered by this SUV. Compared to the current ARAI-claimed 312 km range, the updated version of the Tata Nexon EV is expected to offer a 400 km range.

Tata Harrier petrol

The Tata Harrier is the only offering in the midsize-SUV segment, which is offered with only a diesel engine and no petrol engine option. However, the wait seems to end finally, as Tata Motors has started testing the petrol-powered version of the Harrier. While it will get the same design and set of features as its diesel-powered counterpart, the main difference will be there under its hood. The engine is believed to be an all-new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol, which will be an upsized version of the 1.2-litre engine of the Nexon. This engine is expected to offer a power output of nearly 160 bhp.

Tata Safari petrol

If the Harrier will receive a petrol engine in near future, in all likelihood, its seven-seater version, the Safari too will receive the same. Tata Safari shares its platform and current engine and transmission options with the Harrier. The Safari has been spied testing with the same 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is expected to make its presence in the Harrier very soon. Expect the Tata Safari petrol to offer similar power and torque outputs and with the same transmission options as in the Harrier petrol.

Tata Sierra EV

Tata Sierra Ic Render 1

Tata showcased the stunning-looking Sierra concept at the Auto Expo 2020, which is touted to form the base for the production version of the Sierra midsize SUV. However, some recent reports have stated that the new Tata Sierra will come in an EV-only avatar – it will be sold as an electric vehicle only, and not with conventional petrol and diesel engines. The new Tata Sierra takes design inspiration from the first-generation Sierra sold in the nineties, which happened to be the first-ever passenger vehicle from Tata Motors. However, unlike the old Sierra, this new Sierra will be a five-door SUV, the powertrain details of which are unknown for the moment.

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