Hindustan Motors is planning to launch an all new version of the Ambassador since quite some time now. But now the company has delayed the launch by yet another year. The new Ambassador is said to go modern with the adaptation of a lighter, stronger and sleeker appearance. However the company plans to maintain the retro looks to reignite the Amby flame of the 1950s. Close to thirty engineers are working at HM’s new R&D center in Uttarpara to design and develop the new Ambassador. The new Ambassador will continue to use a monocoque layout and will feature a host of technical changes.
The new Ambassador will have all new engines, transmissions and suspension systems. To be launched in both hatchback and sedan guise, the company will offer peppier 1.5-liter and 1.8 liter motors respectively. The diesel engine will be a CRDi unit and will be sourced from Europe. The hatchback will fit into small car regulations by being less than 4-meters in length and will be priced around the Rs. 4 lakh mark. The sedan on the other hand will offer an all new dashboard, Bluetooth connectivity, leather seats while ABS and EBD will be optional.
Based on the Morris Oxford III, which was discontinued in 1950, the Ambassador was a hot seller till 1980;s, when the Maruti 800 arrived. The delay in the launch of the new version is not something which will go well with Ambassador fans but come to think of it, the company has been hibernating since the past fifty plus years and it is difficult for them to design and develop anything new so quickly when they are completely out of touch!