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Exclusive! Tata Falcon hatchback, compact saloon to debut at Auto Expo

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Tata Motors will kick off its new product offensive with ‘Project Falcon’, which will spawn a new hatchback and sub-four-metre saloon based on the company’s existing X1 platform that underpins the current Vista and Manza.

However, according to company insiders, the Falcon siblings are essentially all-new vehicles and have "no resemblance to any existing Tata product”. In fact, Tata Motors is likely to drop the Vista and Manza names altogether, to drive home the point that these models represent a fresh innings for the company that has been badly struggling with an ageing and dry product pipeline. It is unlikely, however, that Tata Motors will use ‘Falcon’, which is just the project designation, as the market name for the new cars.

‘Falcon 4’ is the project code for the hatchback, which has been styled in Tata’s European design studio. It will eventually replace the Vista when it goes on sale towards the end of 2014 and will come with both diesel and petrol engine options. The 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel is carried over from the Vista, but a new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, based on the current Xeta engine, will debut in the Falcons. This engine will be the base motor in an engine family that Tata Motors is developing, which, in the future, will include larger-capacity engines and direct fuel injection.

‘Falcon 5’ is a new sub-four-metre saloon that will replace the current Manza and will be positioned above the existing Indigo eCS when it goes on sale next year. Again, this new saloon will use the Manza’s 89bhp, Fiat-sourced 1.3 diesel, but petrol power is likely to come from a more powerful version of the new 1.2 turbo-petrol, producing in excess of 100bhp.

It’s likely that the Falcon 5 will be launched a couple of months before the hatchback (Falcon 4) and around the festive season next year. Both the Falcon cars will be unveiled at the Auto Expo next February.

-Autocar India

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1.2 L turbo petrol sounds good. If they are able to bring in a refined, responsive and efficient petrol engine than the Falcon would be a lot more to drive. They would atleast be able to compete to a certain extent against the likes of Swift, I 20 petrol. The diesel engine is already a proven one. As far as design is concerned, i feel it would be definitely a refreshing evolution, if not a completely new design theme, which is likely to come up with their next generation of vehicles.

All in all steps in the right direction, Atleast i can see the urge to bring in new products / projects on time, which was completely missing earlier. With the leadership change, the company is going through a phase of transformation, which was what required to stay in this highly competitive industry. Till such time their new products come in, they will have to face the challenging situation of low volumes, market share and profitability, which they are capable of doing with the help of JLR and its huge profits.

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Came across these pictures on cartoq.com. These seem to be of the next Vista/ Falcon project. The article says the following changes will be seen in the new car

  • Revamped front end with new grille, bumper and projector headlamps with a higher amount of flaring
  • Turn indicators will be mounted on front wheel arches
  • Dashboard will be carried over from Vista D90, albeit with fit and finish improvements
  • The hatch lid is redesigned with the number plate on the dimple
  • New tail lamps replace the X’mas tree units
  • Rear bumpers get a redesign

Here are the pics

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Source: Cartoq

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TATA 1.2 Turbo Petrol engine details revealed, generates 80PS & good fuel economy expected

Autocar India revealed the details of 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine which is going to power upcoming TATA Falcon range of cars.

As per ACI, 'Enthusiasts will be disappointed to learn that this new 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor will produce only about 80bhp – a figure that is bettered by most similar sized, naturally aspirated engines (the 1.2-litre petrol Swift makes 84bhp). However, our sources reveal that the company’s prime focus is on reducing fuel consumption and delivering better drivability, rather than outright performance. In fact, Tata Motors is confident about achieving a very high fuel economy figure in the official Indian Driving Cycle (IDC).

Though the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine has its roots in the cast-iron cylinder block of the 1.2 Xeta Motor, it is, for all practical purposes, an all-new motor. The block has been redesigned for better stiffness and balance, weight has been significantly reduced and the cylinder head is all-new as well. The new engine will be launched with a two-valve-per-cylinder head but a four-valve head is also being developed. The company’s long-standing TA65 gearbox will be mated to the new engine but again, it has been significantly improved with a smoother shift.'

(Source of news: Autocar India)

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The CS looks better proportioned (a bit like Verna) than Dzire but Tata need new stamping press they are still using the Vista rear doors which really look dated. They need some new crease and re-profiling of the sides in there new models.

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Here is a spyshot of the Tata compact saloon which is going to be unveiled today which could be called the Zest. he actual launch of the car will happen by the end of this year. The Zest’s direct competition will include the Maruti Swift Dzire and the Honda Brio Amaze compact sedans.

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