Tata Motors credited for developing India’s first indigenous car has been facing dismal sales in recent times. Although the largest automaker of India by revenue, the market share of its products has only declined. In a bid to arrest the market share from competition, Tata Motors will be launching two new models – a compact sedan and a hatchback next year. The models in question are the Vista and the Manza that are part of Tata’s project Falcon (4/5 respectively).
The Tata Falcon models will be completely new, performance oriented products focused around driving pleasure and connectivity for the consumer. The existing Vista and the Manza are both spawned of the existing X1 platform, and the same will be re-engineered to do duties on the Falcon project models as well. Comprehensive changes will be made to the exterior and interior of both the models.
The Falcon models will sport a new grille, new front and rear bumpers, projector headlamps and a new headlamp design. Tata has ditched the Christmas tree tail lights for a more compact and clean look. A rear wiper has also been provided on the rear windshield. The interiors will be improved in terms of fit and finish but won’t be drastically different from the current models. The overall proportions of the vehicle will be the same though. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine from Fiat will be available in higher states of tune. The Falcon models could sit above the existing models as top end variants.
The Falcon project models are being designed with inputs from the company’s technical centre in Europe and will be the base for more products to come in the future. Expect an increase in the price of the Falcon models. Tata Motors will be showcasing the new models at the Auto Expo next year and will launch it later in 2014.