Tata Motor Group has refined their MPV, Tata Aria and have launched three trims in the car market. This vehicle has been introduced with a new and improved 2.2-litre, VARICOR diesel power plant, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2179cc. This diesel mill has been tuned to pump out 147.9bhp, which is 10.89bhp extra than its previous version and 320Nm of maximum torque output. It also has the ability to generate a a healthy fuel economy of 15.05 Kmpl on the highways and 12.8 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. The company has bestowed its exteriors with quite a few additional features that include new projector headlamps, clear lens for the tail lamps and side blinkers and decals on the side. The internal cabin of this trim also comes with several updates, which are new seat upholstery, chrome accentuated interior door handles, pillar mounted AC vents and a big glove box with cooling effect. It is available in three exterior paint options for the buyers to pick from and these include Pear White, Quartz Black and Arctic Silver finish option. The exterior dimensions of this utility vehicle are quite standard and it is designed with a minimum ground clearance of 200mm and a wheelbase of 2850mm. Then it has an overall length of 4780mm along with a total width of 1895mm and a decent height of 1780mm. At the same time, we can store about 60 litres of diesel in its fuel tank
The car manufacturer has done up the exteriors quite elegantly and fitted with a number of striking features. To begin with the side profile, it is designed with stylish body decals, chrome waistline on windows and body colored door handles. The electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors are in body color and integrated with a side blinker. The neatly carved wheel arches are fitted with a robust set of 16 inch steel wheels, which are covered with 235/70 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres. The front fascia has a slanting bonnet with a few visible character lines and a black colored bold radiator grille. This is flanked by a well-lit headlight cluster that is incorporated with dual barrel headlamps with projector beam and turn indicators. The body colored bumper is equipped with a with air dam, which helps in cooling the powerful engine quickly. The large windscreen is integrated with a pair of intermittent wipers. Then the rear profile is designed with stylish clear lens taillight cluster, a body colored bumper with a pair of reflectors, a chrome treated exhaust pipe and an expressive boot lid.
This Tata Aria Pure LX 4x2 is the entry level variant and the internal cabin of this 2014 version comes with black and beige combination color scheme and wooden inserts. The well cushioned seats are covered with new beige fabric upholstery and provide enough leg space for all the occupants. It is bestowed with chrome inserted inside door handles, a power steering system, an advanced driver information system, day and night internal rear view mirror and all four power windows. The dual tone dashboard is equipped with AC vents, instrument panel and a big glove box with cooling effect. It also has some utility based features that include cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, map pockets in all door doors for keeping some smaller things, sun visor with passenger side vanity mirror, sun glass holder, remote fuel lid opener and so on.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is blessed with a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel motor, which can displace 2179cc and it is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. This power plant has the ability to churn out a maximum power output of 147.9bhp at 4000rpm along with a peak torque output of 320Nm between 1500 tom 3000rpm. The company has skilfully coupled it with a five speed manual transmission gearbox, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It allows the MPV to achieve a top speed of 162 Kmph and can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 14 seconds that is quite decent for this segment.
Braking and Handling:
The front wheels of this utility vehicle are fitted ventilated disc brakes with twin pot caliper, while the rear ones are equipped with a set of conventional disc brakes. Meanwhile, the front axle is assembled with an independent double wishbone type of mechanism, whereas the rear axle gets a five link suspension. The front and rear axle are further assisted by coil springs. On the other hand, it is blessed with a rack and pinion based power assisted steering system, which is tilt adjustable. It supports a minimum turning circle of 5.6 meters, which makes handling quite convenient.
The car manufacturer has given this Tata Aria Pure LX 4x2 variant a lot of sophisticated features for the comfort of the occupants. The efficient dual zone air conditioning unit comes with a heater and rear AC vents that keeps the entire cabin cool. The illuminated instrument panel is equipped with a tachometer, an electronic multi-tripmeter, low fuel warning light, a digital clock and driver seat belt warning. It also has a 12V power socket for charging mobile, laptops and other electronic devices. Apart from these, it is bestowed with keyless entry with remote integrated key, follow me headlamps, rear center armrest, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, reading lamp and adjustable rear seat headrest.
The list of safety features include seat belts for all occupants that ensures enhanced protection of the passengers, central locking system, rear doors with child safety lock and an advanced engine immobilizer with perimetric alarm system. The company has given this MPV a hydroform chassis frame along with reinforced body construction, which protect the occupants sitting inside the cabin in case of any collision.
1. Powerful VARICOR engine with good mileage.
2. Inviting exteriors with stylish body decals.
1. Lack of music system is a big minus.
2. A few more safety and comfort features can be added.