One of the biggest and most admired automotive manufacturer's in the country is the reputed Tata Motor Group. They have a marvelous fleet of automobiles prevalent in the lucrative Indian auto bazaar, which have been doing incredible business for the company. One of their most successful SUV's is Tata Sumo, which has been doing quite well ever since it was introduced in the car market. There are quite a few different variants for the customers to choose from in accordance with their requirements. The entrey level variant in this series is the Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII, which has been fitted with quite a number of comfort and safety functions. Some of these remarkable convenience features are a power steering, a proficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit, a dual integrated roof AC blowers with roof mounted ducts, all four power windows with the driver side getting an express down function, a three position lumbar support for the front seats, an arm rest on driver and co-passenger seats, cup holders on floor console, a cigarette lighter in the floor console and many more such features. The company has fitted this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII with a power packed 2179cc based diesel engine . This incredible power plant has been equipped with the highly acclaimed direct injection common rail fuel supply system for better pickup and refined mileage. This eight seater SUV has been cleverly mated with a proficient five speed manual transmission gearbox.
The outsides of this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII have been done up stylishly and have quite a few striking features. The frontage is bold and aggressive with a broad radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment on it. The head light cluster is fitted with high intensity adjustable head lamps, while the front bumper has a wide air dam to cool the engine quickly. The side profile has body colored pull type door handles along with external rear view mirros and stylish body graphics as well. The wheel arches have been fitted with 16 inch steel rims, which are covered with tubeless radials of size 235/70 R 16. The rear has a large wind screen and a bright tail lamp cluster along with side and rear foot steps, front and rear gate scuff plates, a sump guard, a tail gate applique and many other features, which will certainly impress the customers.
The overall dimensions of this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII are rather spacious. The total length of this SUV is 4421mm along with an overall width of 1780mm and a total height of 1940mm. This SUV has an impressive ground clearence of 180mm along with a minimum turning radius of 5.25 meters and it has an approximate gross vehicle weight of 2625 Kgs , while it also has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can store 65 litres of diesel in it.
The company has done up the insides of this SUV with elegance and have fitted some very luxurious features in it. The interior color scheme is a dual tone barley beige and a classy ebony black, which adds to the richness of the insides. The seats are very comfortable and have been covered with high quality soft velvet feel based full fabric with a black pocket, which further enhances the interiors of this SUV. The central console and also the switch plate finish is done up in a modish faux wood finish and this SUV also has a graphic instrument cluster along with fabric insert on the door pads. The drivers seat is adjustable according to the requirement , while the instrument cluster has been incorporated with quite a few notification lamps to keep the driver updated with all the vital statistics of the vehicle. There are quite a number of storage spaces as well in this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII such as a glove box, bottle and cup holders, front center arm rest, magazine pockets and some other storage spaces as well.
Engine and performance:
The Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII has been fitted with a dual over head cam shaft based 2.2-litre diesel engine, which has 4-cylinders and sixteen valves in it . This direct injection common rail fuel supply system equipped motor has the ability to displace 2179cc along with 118.40bhp at 4000rpm along with a peak torque of a pounding 250Nm at 1500 – 3000rpm, which is quite good. This power packed diesel mill is skilfully mated with a 5-speed, G-76, 4.1 synchromesh with overdrive based manual transmission gear box. The company claims that this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII SUV has the ability to generate a healthy mileage in the range of 10.27 Kmpl to 13.55 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions.
Braking and Handling:
The company has fitted this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII SUV with a robust suspension mechanism along with a proficient braking system as well. The front axle of this SUV has been equipped with an independent mechanism that has a wishbone with coil springs. While the rear axle has been fitted with a parabolic leaf spring type of a suspension mechanism. On the other hand, this SUV is integrated with a vacuum assisted independent hydraulic braking system. The front wheels have been given ventilated disc brakes with a twin pot caliper and the rear tyred have been fitted with a drum brake that is automatically adjustable and enhances the braking system of this SUV.
The list of these comfort features integrated in this SUV are a proficient air conditioning unit with heating and ventilation, a dual integrated roof AC blowers with roof mounted ducts, a responsive power steering that can be adjusted, all four power windows with the driver side getting an express down function, a three position lumbar support for the front seats, an arm rest on driver and co-passenger seats, cup holders on floor console, a cigarette lighter in the floor console, a 12V power outlet for front and the middle row , radiant in-car illumination that includes a front roof lamp, a middle row lamp, an illuminated ignition key slot along with adjustable light intensity on the dazzling instrument panel, a tachometer, analog clock on the center console, side foot steps, magazine pockets in the door pads and bottle holder, a remote fuel lid opener, a goggle case, puddle lamps on doors, an internal radio antenna, an inner door handle in black color, power windows can be operated till 30 seconds after the ignition is turned off and many more other features.
The compnay has fitted this Tata Sumo Grande MKII EX Turbo BSIII trim with some very vital and advanced safety aspects. the list comprises of side impact bars, a tilt adjustable and collapsible steering column, fire resistant seat fabric, scotch guard treated stain proof seats, a provision for clear lens front and rear fog lamps, motorized head lamps adjustment, central locking, child safety locks for rear doors, a anti-glare internal rear view mirror, driver seat belt warning, door open notification, high mount stop lamp, a low fuel indicator warning and some more such features.
Pros: Impressive exteriors, spacious interiors, a powerful diesel engine.
Cons: Engine noise can be reduced, mileage can be improved.