Not sure why the auto industry in India decided to host this new event called ‘Bharat Mobility Global Expo’ when the country already runs this biennial event called the Auto Expo, but the event got a good amount of press coverage. Home-grown brand Tata Motors showcased a bunch of vehicles/concepts at the event.
The first one is the Curvv concept. You might have heard of this before (in early 2022), but what we are seeing now is a near-production concept/prototype of the original concept. Although it might seem like a coupe-SUV version of the Nexon, it is much larger. The Curvv measures 4,308 mm long, 1,810 mm wide and 1,630 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm, which is roughly about the size of the Creta–Seltos duo.
Presenting the all-new Tata CURVV – a coupe-like SUV that seamlessly combines the toughness and durability of an SUV with the sleek design of a coupe ❤
— Tata Motors Cars (@TataMotors_Cars) February 5, 2024
Inside too, the design language and the displays/technology are gonna be the same as those of the latest Tata cars. The Nexon facelift, for example, has a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital cluster; you can expect the same in the final production version of the Curvv as well. Despite a panoramic glass roof and a coupe roofline, Tata Motors promises generous space for all passengers and their luggage.
Interestingly, the official press release mentions only a diesel powertrain for the Curvv. It’s a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder ‘CRAIL’ engine (unclear whether turbocharged or naturally aspirated), paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The output figures are 84.5 kW (115 metric hp) at 3,750 rpm and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm.
The company also showcased the Altroz Racer Concept at the show, which appears to be a riced-up version of the Altroz iTurbo (turbo petrol) that was launched in early 2021. Visually, it’s a combo of orange and black with dual white stripes running across the middle of the car. It also gets a different set of 16-inch Diamond-cut multi-spoke black wheels.
Similar colors are employed on the inside as well, but of course, it’s the orange that commands most of the attention. Key features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a HUD, a 7-inch digital cluster, a wireless charging pad, a voice-activated electric sunroof, and 6 airbags.
It’s not all visual stuff though; the turbo petrol engine in this application offers 88 kW (120 metric hp) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft); which is a 10 metric hp and 30 Nm increase over the stock tune. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Up next, there’s the Safari #DARK, based on the facelifted Safari. As you can tell from the photos above, the entire car is drenched in black, except for the badges—which are in red.
Inside, the all-Black theme is contrasted with red leatherette upholstery. Key highlights inside include a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 10.2-inch digital cluster, a JBL audio system enhanced with Harman AudioworX, a 6-way power driver seat with memory, 4-way power co-driver seat, voice-enabled dual-zone auto AC, 7 airbags, ADAS, etc.
The Safari #DARK is powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel ‘KRYOTEC’ engine with 125 kW (170 metric hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.
Also part of Tata Motors’ Bharat Mobility Global Expo lineup was the Nexon iCNG concept; yes, it is still in the concept stage but the company is aiming to make it India’s first Turbocharged CNG offering. The specialty of this variant is that the cylinders (60-litre capacity) are positioned in a way that would not hinder the luggage space. As you can see, the boot floor is flat, as the cylinders are hidden underneath it, and as a result, the Nexon iCNG boasts a boot space of 230-litres.
The spare wheel has been moved underbody to facilitate a flat boot floor. The company claims to have taken measures to prevent thermal incidents and leaks. Apparently, the variant is also engineered to withstand a rear impact.
The 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine most likely offers the same/more-or-less the same 88.2 kW (120 metric hp) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) output figures.
Tata Motors is also working on an electric version of the Harrier.