upcoming new Tata Pelican august 2016
Expected Launch: August 2016
Expected Price: rupees 2.50 to 3.80 lakh
Tata’s manufacturing facility at Sanand will be heavily utilised soon and the company’s upcoming new products are the reason for it. While Tata Motors is busy developing a hatchback and another compact sedan under the project name ‘Kite’, the company is developing a new small car dubbed as the ‘Pelican’ as well. This new small hatchback will be the upcoming rival of the Maruti Suzuki Alto and is expected to go on sale in 2016-2017.
The Tata Pelican is still under development and so there are no particular details available. However, the new vehicle is expected to be based on Tata Nano’s platform. This re-engineered platform will underpin this lightweight car that will also be exported to Tata’s few markets across the globe when its production starts. In terms of appearance, the tall-boy design yet very compact body structure will be retained. The car will get completely new headlamps, tail lamps and bumpers that will differentiate it from the Nano on sale. The company might also take inputs from their design studios in Pune (India), Coventry (UK), and Turin (Italy) in the development of the car.
Reports till now haven’t confirmed what all features might be introduced in the cabin of the Pelican. Nevertheless, with the introduction of new products like the Zest and Bolt, we think the company will bring in many new features that are in line with Tata’s HorizonNext strategy. Since the carmaker has already collaborated with MapMyIndia for the use of GPS navigation technology in the Bolt, we can expect this feature to be available in the top-end version of the new Pelican as well.
Engine and Gearbox
The Tata Pelican will be powered by 1.0-litre petrol and 800cc diesel motor that Tata Motors is developing in-house. It is expected to be the most affordable diesel car in India then. The transmission options will continue to be the five-speed manual gearbox. The possibility of the AMT gearbox can’t be ruled out, though it would increase the price of the car.
Price and Competition
The Tata Pelican will primarily rival the Maruti Suzuki 800 and the Hyundai Eon; and the also compete with the upcoming Renault XBA and Datsun Redi-GO. The new small car will be positioned above the Tata Nano and is expected to be priced from Rs 2.5 lakh onwards.
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