Tata Motors launched its revamped MUV in Pune, India on November 11, 2011. The new version of its popular people mover, the Sumo, has been christened as the Sumo Gold. The four variants of the updated MUV are GX, EX, LX and CX and the price range starts from Rs.5.23 lakhs.
The price list is as follows:
- TCIC CX – Rs. 5.23 lakhs
- TCIC LX – Rs. 5.6 lakhs
- TCIC EX – Rs. 5.96 lakhs
- TCIC GX – Rs. 6.6 lakhs
- CR4 CX – Rs. 5.49 lakhs
- CR4 LX – Rs. 5.84 lakhs
- CR4 EX – Rs. 6.1 lakhs
- CR4 GX – Rs. 6.74 lakhs
The new Sumo Gold is being offered with two engine options: a BS-4 compliant CR4 Turbo motor and a BS-3 compliant 3-litre DI (TCIC) motor. It is the popular Indica hatchback that was the first vehicle from Tata to sport a CR4 engine. This trend was then followed by the Indigo sedan.
The CR4 engine delivers a power of adequate 84bhp and produces a good torque output of 25.5kgm.Likewise,the 3-litre Direct Ignition motor offers a power output of 69bhp at 3000rpm and 23kgm of torque at 1000 to 2000rpm. This difference of the efficiency between the two engines alone speaks for the advancements Tata has made with the development of the CR4 series. The MUV now boasts of better NVH levels.
The car features a slightly updated look with basic design form carried forward from the Sumo Victa. Talking about the exteriors, the upgrades include a mildly tweaked front grille,headlamps and fog-lamps and its interior feature a leather-wrapped 4 spoke steering wheel and updated switches for HVAC controls and power windows. Tata says that the seats have been made more comfortable.
The vehicle is being in production at the company’s Bhosari plant. The Sumo Gold will replace Sumo Victa. The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) claims it gives 14.07 kmpl.
According to R. Ramakrishnan, vice president, commercial – PCBU, Tata Motors “We have improved the engine performance of the vehicle“. Sumo Gold will be battling it out with the Mahindra and Mahindra’s Bolero and the upcoming upgraded Chevrolet Tavera BS IV.
With new engine and slight cosmetic changes, the dinosaur bones seem to have to got a new lease of life and expect this people mover to soldier on for a few more years to come.