Tata SumoGrandeMKII

Tata Sumo Grande Mk II – Of Grand Persona

The SUV market in India is creditable to the home grown company – Tata Motors, for its Tata Safari. More so, with it being the largest company of passenger & utility vehicles, an impressionable MUV from the TATA stable was yet to be launched. The all new Tata Sumo Grande was the natural answer to this market emptiness. It’s assumed to be the advanced successor to the ageing Tata Sumo which was launched way back in 1997. The Grande is built on the success story of the old Sumo, as it did tremendously well on Indian roads.

The Sumo Grande MK II comes in the following choice of variants - LX, EX, GX, CX, CX Turbo, EX Turbo, LX Turbo, CX BS IV, EX BS IV, GX BS IV, LX BS IV, CX Turbo, BS IV, EX Turbo BS IV and LX Turbo BS IV Variants.


Engine & Power-train

The power is elegantly refined. The INR 300cr tells the ‘grande’ difference .The Grande engine shares the same engine with the one in Tata Safari., which is a 2.2 litre VTT DICOR engine churning out a decent 120 bhp @ 4000 rpm and a torque of 250 Nm @ 3000rpm.

A choice of torque widening range is available which significantly improves the driveability in narrow by-lanes, and while cornering. The engine pairing with variable geometry turbocharger is an engineering sensible feat coming from the TATA’s.

Furthermore, the 5 speed manual gearbox across all its variants is well tuned and ratios well met out. It delivers effortless transitioning from one gear to the other, and is actually intuitive. 


Design, Styling & Comfort

The Sumo Grande Mk II is a handsome looking car, indeed. That said, The Sumo Grande Mk II's styling is quite contemporary. The sharp edges of the Sumo have been tweaked into curves, as with the popular human ideology of perceiving beauty goes – curves are well pleasing to look at it than boxy sharp corners. The smooth contour flowing lines on the outer side give the car a character of suavity. The front fascia still holds the butch stance, while sticking to its signature brand lineage.

The front bumpers near the fenders have been adorned with a large air dam and two circular fog lamps which has got to do with aerodynamics. The wheel is arched significantly for the 16-inch wheels. However, the square windows and the flat roof makes one realize that the Sumo isn’t dead and is still alive in the ‘Grande’.

The Sumo Grande's has an extra height of 20 mm and longer wheelbase compared to the older Sumo. One wonders, if the changed dimensions has simply got something to do with ‘Grand’ proportions, besides providing useful track width. This seems sensible as it provides better road hugging stance and also better traction in return.

At the upholstery department, the seat fabrics have been treated for resisting stains, on all the variants. Worth to mention, the upholstery on the GX is fire resistant. Overall, interiors are well plush with ergonomic features of high taste.

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