Tata Motors is currently on a brand transformation spree. The Indian automaker has set a target of becoming the third largest car manufacturer in the country by 2020. In order to do so, the company is constantly launching all new products in varied segments.
This started with the Tata Tiago in 2016, which managed to bring a significant amount of interest towards the manufacturer. It was then followed by multiple new Tata cars in 2017, including the Tigor, Hexa and Nexon. All these models have performed pretty well in their respective segments. In fact, the new launches have cumulatively boosted Tata Motors’ monthly sales figures by over 35% in the past one year. The company currently enjoys a 6.31% market share in the Indian passenger car market.
However, Tata Motors is aiming for a much larger market share in the future. As a result, there is a slew of new upcoming Tata cars that will be launched in India in the next couple of years. A majority of these new models will be based on the company’s latest IMPACT design philosophy and will thus carry on the smart and trendy looks that are seen on the latest Tata products.
Tata cars always garner huge interest from Indian customers. And with products like the Tiago, Tigor, Hexa and Nexon, this customer interest has touched new heights. Hence, every new car buyer wants to know the list of upcoming cars from Tata Motors in the country, before making a final purchase decision.
We have thus compiled a comprehensive list of all new upcoming Tata cars that will be launched in 2018 and 2019.
The Tata Nexon has managed to find itself a significant portion of the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Despite being a late entrant, the Nexon is garnering monthly sales of around 4,000 units. It even managed to win the 2017 Autosite India Car of the Year title. However, the Nexon still lacks a very important part in its specification sheet – an automatic transmission.
Tata Motors too realises that this absence can limit the reach of the Nexon compact SUV in the Indian market. As a result, the company is working on an AMT automatic variant of the Nexon, which is expected to be launched in the first couple of months of 2018. The automatic transmission, which is a 6-speed AMT unit, is likely to be launched with both petrol and diesel engine options.
|Expected India Launch||Around Auto Expo 2018|
|Expected Price Range||Rs 7 lakh – Rs 9 lakh|
Everyone in the automotive industry has slowly accepted the fact that electric cars are the future. However, very few mainstream companies in the Indian market are openly working towards electric mobility. Mahindra Electric is currently the only manufacturer that offer all-electric cars in India. However, Tata Motors is working hard to join this list with the introduction of a couple of electric versions of its existing models.
The first electric car from Tata Motors will be the Tigor electric. Tata has already started manufacturing the car and is supplying the same to the Indian Government. Once the tender is complete and the company is satisfied with the overall performance of the supplied models, the Tata Tigor Electric will be launched in the open market as well. We expect this to happen around mid-2018.
|Expected India Launch||Mid-2018|
|Expected Price Range||Around Rs 10 lakh|
Soon after the launch of the Tigor electric, Tata Motors will also introduce an electric version of the Tiago. The Tiago and Tigor are mechanically identical, with the only change being the added boot in the Tigor. Hence, mating the Tigor electric’s powertrain to the Tiago won’t be a major hassle for Tata engineers. As a result, we expect Tata to launch the Tiago electric soon after the Tigor’s electric version.
Tata Motors’ UK-based R&D centre has already developed and showcased a mule of the Tiago electric. It is expected to offer a range of over 120 km on a single charge. It is likely to have a top speed of 125 km/h and will be a hoot to drive in the city, thanks to the absence of any manual gearbox and instant torque.
|Expected India Launch||Around Diwali 2018|
|Expected Price Range||Rs 8 lakh – Rs 10 lakh|
The Tata Tiago has been a runaway success for the Indian carmaker. It is currently the best-selling Tata car in India. In order to further boost the popularity and sales of the cutesy hatchback, Tata is constantly adding more variants to the Tiago lineup. Be it the petrol AMT launched last year or the upcoming Tiago electric, the company is trying to take advantage of the hatchback’s popularity. Another addition to the Tiago lineup will be a high-performance version, likely to be called the Tata Tiago Sport.
Powered by the Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Tiago Sports is expected to become the most affordable hot hatch in the Indian market. It will also get some beefed up suspension and braking components to handle the additional power, while a few cosmetic alterations are also expected to be made to differentiate it from the regular models.
|Expected India Launch||Around Auto Expo 2018|
|Expected Price Range||Rs 6 lakh – Rs 8 lakh|
5. Tata premium hatchback (Codename: X451)
Tata Motors is said to be working on a premium hatchback, which has internally been codenamed as the X451. This will likely be introduced in early 2019. The company has been tight-lipped about the developments of this all-new product. However, we know for sure that the company is targetting this premium hatchback to compete with the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and VW Polo.
Not much is known about the Tata X451 hatchback yet. However, it is expected to be offered with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options, both of which will get manual as well as automatic gearbox choices.
|Expected India Launch||Early 2019|
|Expected Price Range||Rs 6 lakh – Rs 9 lakh|
6. Tata premium SUV (Codename: Q502)
Tata Motors recently launched their new flagship product – the seven-seater Tata Hexa SUV. However, the company is also working on a completely new flagship SUV that will be placed a slot higher than the Hexa and will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Codenamed the Tata Q502, this new SUV is expected to share its underpinnings with the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Land Rover, which is currently owned by Tata Motors, will also be playing a key role in the development of this new SUV.
Powering the Tata Q502 premium SUV will likely be a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine. This is the same powerhouse that does duty under the hood of the Jeep Compass. Tata is also expected to offer Land Rover’s multi-terrain modes with the Q502, thus adding a competitive edge over its rivals. The Q502 might be showcased at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018 as a concept car. However, Tata takes its sweet time before launching a new product and the Q502 will thus likely see the daylight around mid-2019.
|Expected India Launch||Mid-2019|
|Expected Price Range||Rs 23 lakh – Rs 28 lakh|