Some companies create products and some companies create legacies. Some automobile manufacturers actually become representatives of their nation at the world front. The international automobile industry is a platform to enable technology, innovation and creation pass through out the whole world , spreading the national ethics and design dedications of that manufacturer. One such wonderful force is the centuries old Tata Group. With Tata Motors, the company created a remarkable share of its vehicles in the automobile world. Being a reliable brand which created products that stood on parameters of strength, performance and visual appeal. Very few companies hold the honour of staying in the business for decades, creating an empire around them and a separate universe which makes it self sufficient and builds the company’s capabilities extensively at a global front. Hailing from its equally large and widespread parent Tata and Sons, the Tata Motors has been in the automobile manufacturing business since 1945 which is just a couple of years before Indian independence. Practising its skill as a manufacturer of locomotives, Tata finally set its foot in the commercial automobile sector by developing its first commercial vehicle in 1954. Initially though, Tata Motors had to rope in the German engineering skills so that it could better understand the business dynamics around automobile manufacturing. Tata Motors chose for this purpose Daimler Benz AG, which itself retains its distinct position in the global automobile market even now. Tata Motors however ended the collaboration with Daimler Benz AG in 1969 and years later it produced its very own Tata Sierra in 1991. Tata Motors went on to create innovative automobile marvels which was evident from the 1998 passenger car, Indica, which still enjoys a huge share of customer interest. Over the years, Tata Motors increased its global presence by acquiring the South Korean manufacturer Daewoo Commercial Vehicles company in 2004. It continued the acquisition by taking over the premium British automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover in 2008, all of which eventually led Tata Motors to be ranked among the Fortune Global 500 rankings.
Tata Motors, just like its parent Tata and Sons, has always been consistent in trying out new innovations and providing the latest technology to the consumers in the most simple manner. After excelling in the hatchback models through Indica, sedans through Indigo, sports vehicles through Jaguar and the SUV commuter segment through Landrover, Tata Motors realised another segment which is a top requirement for the Indian automobile customers. Every company needs to adapt to a certain set of uncertainties and distinctness when operating in the Indian automobile market. The demographic changes and factors such as large family vehicles and spacious interiors act as a prime priority for the Indian customers unlike the two seater coupes and cozy well designed vehicles which make their way through the roads in the Western counterparts. Considering the large density of combined families which consist typically of two to three generations, Tata Motors created the Tata Winger which can easily accommodate a large set of passengers. Though this concept is not especially new, considering the number of seven seater vehicles and SUVs prevalent in the automobile market, Tata hits the right chords by providing indisputably best-in-class interiors. The level of comfort offered to the seven passengers in the Tata Winger can not be matched with its existing contemporaries.
The Tata Winger Platinum is a mini van with the comfort and luxury of a sedan class. The base design was borrowed from the Renault Trafic which was a highly successful design. The Tata Winger was officially launched in India in 2007. With its distinct beauty regardless of its large design and the options available in it, all in all made the Tata Winger a sought after mini van for the Indian consumers. The vehicle is offered in India in six variants so as to suit individual needs and demands such as long wheelbase, short wheelbase, higher roof and lower roof. The distinction of the Tata Winger however came in introducing the prospects of such a well designed vehicle for communal and non-commercial purposes such as school buses and ambulance, for which Tata Motors personally created separate variants so that customised products can be shipped directly without having to worry about individual customisation options in the customers locality. The top end model however features a flat roof and air conditioned version suiting a ten seater structure. The other variants can support as many as 13 to 14 passengers. This way, the sub-variants end up consisting of a list of 11 vehicles. The latest addition of the Tata Winger range is the ultra luxurious and unbelievably spacious Tata Winger Platinum. Suiting its title inclusion of Platinum which explains the rarity and the special stature of the vehicle, the Tata Winger Platinum raised a lot of hands from customers dying to own one. The Tata Winger is offered as a standard version which is a non airconditioned, a deluxe high roof version without air conditioning, a deluxe version with flat roof and a sub-variant set of air conditioning inclusion. The top end however remains to be the flat roof air conditioned luxury version. All the variants feature a 1948cc engine which is compliant to the BS III specifications .
Tata Winger Platinum Mileage
Tata Motors has introduced the Tata Winger Platinum for those who prefer luxury on the go. This vehicle is targeted towards those Indian families who prefers spacious and luxurious mini van which also delivers great mileage. The company has incorporated an advanced 1948cc diesel engine to this premium mini van that can deliver exceptional performance and mileage. This mini van can offer a mileage of 7.0 Kmpl in heavy traffic conditions and about 11.0 Kmpl in highway conditions . By considering its weight, engine and its ability, the overall mileage of Tata Winger Platinum is rather good.
Power of Tata Winger Platinum
Being a mini van and boasting a capability of holding seven passengers comfortably along with loads of luggage, the power of the Tata Winger Platinum is expected to match the expectations. And Tata Motors exceeds the expectations if any. The vehicle offers an amazing 1948cc engine which is of the TCIC mechanism in deluxe high roof version without air conditioning, deluxe version with flat roof and sub-variant set of air conditioning inclusion and the flat roof air conditioned luxury version while the system is not applicable for the other variants. The engine aptly offers a powerful 65bhp at 4500rpm in the Standard flat roof variant and 90bhp in other variants at 4300rpm . The engine torque is also pretty decent considering its huge structure. The engine torque is lowest in the basic Standard flat roof model with 115Nm at 2000rpm to 3000rpm. The same in other three variants is 190Nm at the same rpm rate. The power to weight ratio of the vehicle is 32 is all the models except the Standard flat roof model which offers a value of 25.
Tata Winger Platinum Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Tata Winger Platinum
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The Tata Winger Platinum features a 5-speed manual transmission system in all the variants . The 215 dia friction clutch is used in all the variants to offer a better performance. The rear axle bogey is available in all the other Tata Winger models models and the front axle features an independent structure with a CV shaft.
Tata Winger Platinum Exteriors
Tata might have created quite a few cars over the years and quite a few of them really ended up being the best selling vehicles in the Indian automobile industry but all of them had one distinction. None of its cars were ugly looking. They always created the perfect designs and borrowed them from other if ever needed. Tata Winger Platinum too enjoys the same DNA and never ceases a viewing angle where the vehicle’s exterior design might loose its dynamism. What most mini vans lag in terms of design is the true van form they adapt. But being steps ahead of the crowd always, Tata Motors adapted a more conventional design so that the aesthetic features of the vehicle do not hamper the pleasant feel which Tata Motors was renown for over the years. The front fascia of the Tata Winger Platinum features a partly steep design which complements the geometric design the vehicle follows. The rectangular body and a prism appended to it. The steep prism structure in the front is a comfortable design as the long height balances the short length and fits in the engine and other machinery with ease. The front fascia has a steep bonnet and it ends with a perfectly block structured headlamps, front grill. The bumper is also available in the same colour as the vehicle’s body so the unanimous design is maintained. The front bumper offers a number plate, place provided for fog lamps and a perfectly robust structure. The side structure is just plain as a paper without much body detailing. The main point which a consumer needs to understand is the fact that the Tata Winger Platinum is not designed to be a sports vehicle and obviously need not actually commute at top speeds which even high end sedans and executive SUVs offer. The basic feature to offer a spacious and comfortable structure led it to have a simple design without the massive aerodynamic upgrades. This is not a backdrop because it is not actually a requirement for the segment Tata Motors targeted with this vehicle. The side view offers a refreshing design with very few grooves and a synchronised design which does not fall out of place at any instant. The intelligent design is evident in the two handles provided for the sliding rear door. This comes in handy because when the door is slid into the corner, the other handle can be used to slid it back. This innovative feature though might seem to be a simple addition helps the passenger on a long run if it is used regularly. The framework behind the rear door offers a proper stabiliser so that the door sliding would not effect the body design by cracking. Though such an issue was not there in every other model available in the market since ages, the techniques used by them increased the width of the vehicle. The windows of the rear seat rows feature a sliding windows reminiscent of the typical van design which helps the vehicle in being an airy structure. The interiors would be properly ventilated due to this design. The wheel arches are not elongated or prominent like most of the usual automobiles. The large wheelbase increases the turn angles of the vehicle so the inner streets might not be the best place to ride this mini van. But this is almost true for any high end model such as a sedan or a massive SUV so this cannot be considered to be a con. The small wheels still fit in apt because of the shock absorbers installed and the overall ground clearance of the vehicle so that many urban obstacles such as speed breakers and pebbles can be avoided. The rear fascia of the Tata Winger Platinum offer a long door structure which has twin doors making it a spacious and easy way to fit in luggage. Since the inner seats can be aligned based on requirements, the boot size would be increased. The chassis of the vehicle seems to be pretty rigid and accurate which actually withstands most of the common minor collisions which become common in the tedious city traffic. The rear doors extend to the rigid body framework and bumper. The door has the number plate added to it in the bottom part. The tail lamps are relatively small considering the huge design. These extend over the middle part of the rear boot doors and the minor detailing done through the side design. This offers the robust design that the Tata Winger already had in abundance. In Tata Winger Platinum, the side step offers a perfect system for aged passengers as well as young kids to have a safe entry and exit without the risk of slipping and other inconvenience.
The length of the Tata Winger is more or less the same in all its variants. The main difference however lies in the Standard flat roof version. All other versions, deluxe high roof version without air conditioning, a deluxe version with flat roof and a sub-variant set of air conditioning inclusion, the flat roof air conditioned luxury version, have the same length of 4920mm. The standard version features 4520mm. The width of all the four variants is a standard 1905mm. The height of the variants varied based upon the option of flat roof or the high roof. The two models of the flat roof Deluxe and the flat roof Luxury have a decent 2050mm. The Tata Winger Platinum however offers a length of 4520mm and a width of 1940mm. The height is a spacious 2050mm, which makes it comfortable to even the tall passengers to fit in easily.
Tata Winger Platinum Interior
Tata Winger Platinum features a seven passenger seat capacity. The comfort in the vehicle is evident in the plush cushions which come with best in class thigh support. The adjustable headrests and soft wide adjustable armrests offer a decent comfort feature pack for the passengers. The Scotch Guard treatment included in the full fabric seat covers offer a luxurious interior structure to the passengers. The legroom is highly lauded for being the maximum provided in the segment. Though Tata Winger itself was a spacious and comfortable vehicle, the commercial aspect of the vehicle as a daily commuter for family was not achieved. To fill this gap, Tata Winger Platinum is launched which creates a distinct seating arrangement like a shuffled card pack so that the legroom of most passengers can be high. To avoid the cramped interior seating, the mid row of seating is limited to two seats. The rear seats offered are of three passengers. The alignment of the seats makes it comfortable for the rear seats passengers to move around. The interior dash is fit with a trendy instrument cluster which follows the minimal design philosophy of the contemporary trend. The speedometer and tachometer have blue electronic displays which offer an attractive feel and appealing structure. The instrument cluster has a white LCD backlit single line digital display showing a digital clock. The instrument cluster is also equipped with an odometer , trip A, trip B, hazard warning switch. The inclusion of visual low fuel warning and a battery charge indicator makes it a really useful system as a whole. The steering wheel and handbrake lever are decorated with stylish leather covering. The plush carpet flooring and stylish roof lining ultimately creates an appealing finish to the vehicle.
With three headrests in the rear seats, the passenger comfort is ensured. The spacious interiors with plush functioning capabilities make it a classy ride. The interior cabin and aisle lamps offer a better adaptability for the passengers. The cabin lamps help in focusing individual lights for customers so that other passengers are not bothered in the process. Tata Winger Platinum truly brings the business class flight experience on road. The roof lamps, in the front row, mid row and the rear seating adds the elegance of the vehicle and enhances the Tata Winger Platinum’s ambience. The air conditioning in the Tata Winger Platinum is another worthy mention. The AC vents are placed near almost all the seats so that the passengers need not wait for the entire vehicle to cool in and can actually face the breeze quickly . The independent control of front and rear air conditioning is another feature re assuring the luxury performance of the Tata Winger Platinum.
The interior measurement is a key trump card for Tata Motors in the Tata Winger Platinum. These spacious interiors are the very parameters which set the vehicle apart from the crowd of ever growing automobile industry. The internal length of the deluxe high roof version without air conditioning, deluxe version with flat roof and sub-variant set of air conditioning inclusion and the flat roof air conditioned luxury version is a decent 2755 mm. The internal length of the Standard flat roof model, however, is 2335 mm. The internal height of the system varies based upon the roof design. The high roof model of course offers a higher roof height of 1900 mm in the Deluxe high roof model while in the remaining models, which are flat roof, the height is 1517 mm. The internal width of the vehicles, 1560 mm, is however same in all the variants. The floor height of the Tata Winger Platinum is a comfortable 480 mm. The fuel tank capacity in all the models is a whopping 60 litres.
Tata Winger Platinum Engine and Performance
All the engines in Tata Winger variants are BS III compliant. The Tata Winger Platinum however features both BS III and BS IV compliant engines. The 1948cc diesel engine offers a power of 90bhp at 4300rpm. The engine enables a torque of 190Nm are 2000 to 3000rpm. The engine is a reliable design and a sturdy structure.
Tata Winger Platinum offers 185 R14 LT , 8PR radial tubeless tyres. The wheels also have wheel caps. Being a seven seater, the wheels are expected to withstand heavy weights and successive issues. Tata Motors did an amazing job in the department.
Braking & Handling
Tata Winger Platinum offers McPherson strut with coil spring as the front suspension and double parabolic leaf spring as rear suspension . The rear suspension are clubbed with hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers, which help in obtaining a comfortable ride which rules out the possibility of bumpy rides . The rear damping characteristics of the vehicle too help in enhancing the pleasurable journey. The brakes are equipped with LSPV which controls the brake loads. The disc brakes with twin pot callipers are fit in the front and drum brakes with LSPV are fit in the rear.
Handling & Safety
Tata Winger Platinum offered a pretty decent safety features to complement the lush feel of the vehicle as a whole. The seatbelts are provided for each and every seat. The child safety lock is provided for the sliding door in order to avoid potential dangers. The most interesting safety feature of all though remains to be the load sensing portion valve , dubbed as LSPV. The LSPV technology works by assessing the load on the wheels so that accordingly the braking can be handled. This reduced the possibility of skidding on roads during braking,
Stereo & Accessories in Tata Winger Platinum
The interiors are equipped with two mobile charging points at the front dashboard near the driver and the passenger area at the sliding door so that the mobility of the gadgets truly stays mobile. The 2 Din music system which can support USB system too , plays the music from almost all the media sources. The vehicle features four pretty decent in built speakers. The music system has an LCD screen so that the entertainment controlling becomes further easy.
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Pros & Cons
Tata Winger Platinum Pros :
Luxurious, best in class space, decent performance.
Tata Winger Platinum Cons :
High price, exterior detailing can be improved.
Tata Winger Platinum Specifications
Tata Winger Platinum Variants
2 Cylinder 8 Valve
||90bhp @ 4300rpm