Tata to drop Manza and Vista names, to unveil new hatchback and sedan?
One of the largest vehicle manufacturers in India, Tata Motors is working towards developing a new range of passenger cars, that will probably replace their Vista hatchback and Manza compact sedan. To replace these, Tata is working on a new project, which will be unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Sales of Tata cars have declined continuously. From 21k cars sold in Oct last year, to 14k in Oct 2013, Tata needs a revival in Indian auto industry. As per Autocar India, Tata Motor Project Falcon will see the launch of a new hatchback and sub-4 meter sedan, that will replace the existing Vista and Manza respectively. The report also adds that Tata might just drop the Vista and Manza names altogether with the new car launch.
Speaking about the new Tata cars, these will be totally new, nothing what is seen on current lineup of Tata cars. Developed under Project Falcon, the two new siblings are codenamed Falcon 4 and Falcon 5 for hatchback and sedan respectively.
Falcon 4 receives it’s styling from Europe’s Tata Design Studio. To be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, the new Vista replacing hatchback will have a 1.2l petrol engine, that is being developed in-house by Tata Motors. As far as the diesel engine is concerned, this will continue to be sourced from Fiat.
Falcon 5 will be a sub 4 meter sedan that will compete with Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki DZire. It will feature Fiat sourced 1.3l MultiJet diesel engine and for petrol it will feature the same in-house developed 1.2l petrol, but tuned to deliver power in excess of 100 hp. Tata will launch the new Falcon’s later next year, but will showcase them at the Delhi Auto Expo in February 2014. Falcon 5 sedan will be launched before Falcon 4 hatchback.
On similar lines, Tata Motors has already begun testing a new hatchback. This car has been spied and images are available online. Considering the new development here, it might be possible that the new car is the Falcon 4, and not the 2014 Vista. But, if it is the Falcon 4, then it doesn’t seem to have drastic design updates. See the images for yourself, here.