February 28, 2008 | The Economic Times

Grande: A new avatar of Tata Sumo

It made an appearance at the Auto Expo in New Delhi where its looks created quite a flutter. Now Tata Motors has officially announced the "commencement of sales" of its Sumo Grande, the next gen Sumo, in the domestic market. Sumo Grande will be commercially available from dealerships located in metros and select large cities from February 22, 2008, and progressively across the country in a phased manner.

The new Sumo Grande combines the looks of an SUV with the comforts of a family car. It has been specifically designed to satisfy the needs of city customers in the areas of driveability, maneuverability and fuel efficiency. The Sumo Grande sports an all new styling with clean chiselled looks mating with flowing contours. The tall aggressive stance is complimented by large clear headlamps, and a cutaway air dam in the front. The clean rear look, with the spare wheel tucked under the body, is accentuated by attractive tail lights and a chrome overlay.

Designed with a longer wheelbase of 2550 mm (existing 2400 mm), the Sumo Grande sports 3 row seating. Beige interiors are complimented by fire and stain resistant fabric upholstery. Dual HVAC with roof integrated louvers ensures personalised climate adjustment for the occupants in each row. Power steering, power windows, motorised ORVMs, height adjustable driver's seat and a CD/MP3 music system make up for family travel comfort.

The vehicle is powered by the new generation 2.2 L direct injection common rail (DICOR) engine, fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger creating a perfect blend of performance and fuel efficiency. Its maximum power and torque are 120 PS and 250 Nm.The Sumo Grande's turning circle radius is 5.25 m, similar to a small car.

The Sumo Grande will be available in 3 variants - Lx, Ex and Gx - all of which have two seating configurations - 6+1 and 7+1. The vehicle will be available in 7 colours, including 4 new shades, Sunset Orange, Zephyr Green, Mineral Red and Marine Blue. The Sumo Grande range is priced in the range of Rs 6.55 lakh to Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It comes with an enhanced warranty of 2 years or 75000 kms (whichever is earlier). An additional 2 years' warranty can be availed through the extended warranty option.