Tata could think of the next-gen Sumo as a true people mover, which will have modern tech & features.
In a series of revelation to ACI, Pratap Bose, Head of Design Tata Motors, hinted that the company is considering the next-gen Sierra and Sumo Sumo. He further stated that it would require a lot of investigation before re-introducing these products in India.
He further stated that Indian auto industry has been changed drastically over the period of 2 decades. “I would also love to do a modern-day Sumo, a future Sumo. A very honest product, we don’t have anything else like it in our portfolio”, Pratap Bose said.
“20-30 years back, where that use case was, it may not be there anymore. The Sumo did a stunning job back in its time. It was a real people-mover. Today, I don’t think it would fit into that same environment. Society, expectations, everything has changed. So in spirit yes, a new Sumo would have to be a people-mover, but one would have to express it in a very different way,” says Bose. Also See – Tata Harrier Production Begins – First Pictures Out
While Mahindra’s Bolero is one of the most successful people movers in rural India, Tata Motors do not have any such products in this space. Tata could think of the next-gen Sumo as a true people mover, which will have modern tech & features. However, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed by the automaker. Read – From H5X Concept To Tata Harrier – What Has Changed?
For immediate future, Tata Motors will launch a series of new-gen cars. The company will launch the Harrier SUV in January, which will be followed by a premium hatchback based on the 45X concept. The company is also working on a mid-sized sedan and a micro SUV, which are scheduled to be launched in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Source – ACI