Car for the Masses

From today's ET : Tata's 1 lakh Car -

The Rs 1 lakh car will probably sport a 660 cc engine and crank out between 30-33 horses . And yes, it will offer both diesel and petrol drivelines. German Tier One component major Bosch is developing “a brand new” common rail direct injection (CRDi) solution that will be compatible with the Tata Rs 1 lakh car.

That’s just the beginning. According to vendor sources, the Tata Rs 1 lakh car will be rear-engined (unlike most cars on Indian roads today which are front-engined ), four-door and four-seat . The strip down base variant will not offer air-conditioning or power steering, say sources. The prototype is ready and may world premiere at the Auto Expo next January. Like the Indica, the new car is being designed by Italy's Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering (IDEA). And like the Indica, it will come in a cute egg shape with the same kind of rear light arrangement as the group’s first passenger car. And yes, it will sport a tall boy frame and may offer some “totally different” design cues like an aircraft-style storage space under the hood or a single wiper.

The car may end up sporting an ex showroom price of close to Rs 1.25-1 .5 lakh. It will be as big as the Volkswagen Rabbit though one-fifth as powerful. And it will be cute if the Indica’s styling DNA is anything to go by.


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