The renowned Tata Motor Group though specializes in heavy commercial vehicles like buses and trucks, but at the same time, the company is doing wonders in passenger vehicle segment as well for many years now. Its most successful sport utility vehicle model, Tata Sumo Gold is one of the the most admired vehicle prevalent on the Indian roads. The company has recently launched the facelifted Tata Sumo Gold model lineup for the Indian customers. This lineup is being offered with two diesel engine options, one of which is compliant with BS-IV and the other is a BS-III motor. The company is offering this Tata Sumo Gold series in five variants of BS-IV engine and three trims which are equipped with BS-III engine. One of the mid level variant in this model series is the Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII , which is a widely accepted variant. This trim has 5 doors and the customers can choose from a seating capacity of 7 to 9 passengers as per their requirement. This Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII trim has one of the most powerful engine that is 3.0-litre TCIC (turbo charged inter cooler) based diesel engine with a displacement capacity of close to 2956cc that produces maximum power of 69bhp at 3000rpm in combination with a pounding maximum torque output of 223Nm at 1600 to 2200rpm. This engine has a manual five speed transmission (G-76-5/4.1with Overdrive) and a forward wheel drive. Apart from all this, the Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII also has a hydraulic clutch type, which is of about 240mm in diameter. It ensures a healthy fuel economy of 11.03 kmpl within the city and about 14.07 kmpl on highways.
It has a massive centrally mounted fuel tank, which has a capacity to store 65 litres of diesel in it. This turbo charged inter cooler based diesel mill has the ability to accelerate this Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII from 0 to 100Kmph within 17.6 seconds. Its exterior dimensions are also quite impressive with a overall length of about 4258mm in combination with a total width of 1700mm, which is rather spacious. The overall height of this newly launched SUV is close to 1925mm and this Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII has a roomy wheel base of close to 2425mm, which is quite good. This facelifted SUV has a minimum ground clearance of 190mm and its kerb weight is approximately more than 900kgs. This Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII version comes fitted with a robust set of steel wheels, which have been further equipped with radial tyres. This SUV has a minimum turning radius of close to 5.3 inches, which is pretty decent. All these and many more such aspects makes this Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII trim, one of the most admired and dependable variant in this new model series.
This facelifted trims have been bestowed with bold exteriors, which have been further refined and are now looking sportier. The overall structure of this SUV is aerodynamic and very sturdy. This facelifted Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII trim is being offered in about four different exterior finish options for the customers to choose from. The list of these metallic finish options include Arctic Silver, Blazing Red, Twilight Grey and also a brilliant Porcelain White. All these exterior color options are in perfect harmony with its look and the nature of this facelifted SUV. The frontage of this SUV is more cultured that the earlier version with a chrome accentuated front grille, which is flanked by a large head lamp cluster. The front bumper is body colored and has a wide air dam in the center. The front wind screen is laminated and is equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers. The side profile has neatly carved wheel arches, which have been equipped with a set of sturdy 15 inch steel wheels, which are further covered with radial tyres of size 215/75 R 15. The door handles as well as the external wing mirrors are in body color. While the rear end has a large windshield, a body color bumper, the regular badging of the company and a tail pipe as well.
This latest Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII has refreshing and eye-catching interiors. The seats are comfortable and are covered with premium upholstery, which will give a luxuriant feeling to the occupants. It is fitted with an electronic multi-tripmeter, plush fabric upholstery inside, a large glove box in the front, a digital clock and a digital odometer. Then the 3rd row seats are supported with grab handles for further helping the passengers.
Engine and Performance
This Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII has one of the most powerful diesel engine in it. This performance packed mill is a 3.0-litre , TCIC based diesel mill that can displace 2956cc that produces a maximum power of 69bhp at 3000rpm in combination with a pounding maximum torque output of 223Nm at 1600 to 2200rpm. This engine has a manual five speed transmission (G-76-5/4.1with Overdrive) and a forward wheel drive. It ensures fuel economy at 11.03 kmpl within the city and 14.07 kmpl on highways. It has a centrally mounted fuel tank, which has a capacity of storing 65 litres of diesel in it.
Braking and Handling
This facelifted Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII has its front wheels fitted with ventilated disc brakes , while the rear wheels are equipped with solid drum brake, which adjusts automatically and ensures a stable driving experience for the passengers. On the other hand, the front axle of this facelifted SUV has been bestowed with a double wishbone type of a mechanism with coil springs and a anti roll bar. Whereas, the rear suspension is fitted with the similar double wishbone with coil springs that offers a trouble free driving comfort.
The company has given this SUV some standard safety features. The list includes halogen headlamps, rear seat belts, front ventilated brakes and rear disk brakes, side and front impact beams that ensures advanced safety. front seat belt with height adjustment and driver side view mirror with a centrally mounted fuel tank and many other such safety features.
The list of these convenience and practical aspects fitted in this Tata Sumo Gold EX BSIII trim are a power steering, a remote fuel lid opener, a low fuel warning light, cup holders, additional comfort with lumbar support, spacious leg room along with shoulder and head space that is designed to provide comfort to all the occupants. All these and many more such comfort aspects, which will surely entice the customers into buying this SUV variant.
Pros: Powerful diesel engine, spacious interiors.
Cons: Fuel economy can be better, lesser safety features, exteriors can be better.