TAMO Futuro will be the first product to launch under the new sub-brand TAMO.
Tata Motors seems quite aggressive with its future plans. The company presented its new passenger vehicle strategy and a new sub-brand – TAMO – previous month. Touted as Tata’s Future Mobility brand, Tamo will work as an incubating centre of new technologies innovation, business model and partnerships for developing future mobility solutions. The Pune-based carmaker also confirmed that the Tamo Futuro will be the first product to roll-out under the umbrella of its new brand.
Teased early last month, the Tamo Futuro is a mid-engined sportscar that will have its world premiere on 7th March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Tata might also showcase the Tamo C-Cube hatchback concept alongside the Futuro sportscar. In a bid to build up curiosity, Tata Motors has been teasing the vehicles on the social media platforms before its revelation at the upcoming event.
In response to the teased images, there have been several renderings online, giving inkling into the visual appearance. One of the renderings that caught our attention seems to be mimic styling cues from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Contrary to the above rendering, reports opine that Futuro’s design will be inspired from Opel Roadster, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. Though, details will be revealed soon after the unveiling at Geneva. Read – Upcoming Tata Cars In India
Initially, Tata will produce a limited units of the Futuro. Reports suggest that the company might roll-out around 250 units of the sportscar in the beginning. Known for manufacturing volume products, Tamo will be Tata’s premium brand. Besides, the company also aims to introduce new technologies, business models, etc under the Tamo brand. While it British subsidiary is one of the most renowned names in the luxury space, with Tamo, the company will have the liberty to adopt a more innovative approach as far as the mobility solutions are concerned.
|Minimum||Rs 25 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 30 lakh|
The company has already confirmed that its two-seater mid-engined sportscar will make its global debut at Geneva on March 7, 2017. Considering that Geneva Motor Show is one of the most reputed auto events round the year, all eyes are set on Tata’s new car that will be the first product under Tamo. Tata is also aiming to price it aggressively and the estimated price for the sportscar fall between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.
On March 7th, Tata will unveil the concept avatar before auto experts from across the world. While, the production version of the car is likely to be showcased back home at the 2018 Auto Expo. Following the India debut at the biennial event, Tata could launch the sportscar in the second half of 2018.
|Engine||1.2-litre turbocharged petrol|
Technical details of Tata’s first sportscar will be revealed on 7th March. From what we know so far, Futuro will source its power from a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine. This is the same engine that has already been used in the Zest and the Bolt. However, the company will calibrated the motor to achieve higher power output. While Zest and Bolt are tuned for low power, Futuro is likely to produce 180bhp for enhanced performance. For performing transmission duties, the sportscar will have a 6-speed automatic gearbox, supported by rear-wheel drive system.
Knowing the significance of power to weight ratio for performance, this is something Tata will closely address. The company has managed to keep the kerb weight as low as 800kgs, thanks to its low weight components like aluminium and plastic. Although, carbon-fibre is widely used for curbing weight, but it will most likely to avoided due to its high cost. . Read – Tata Mulls Testing Self-driving Cars In India
Interestingly, the Futuro will be designed and developed in India. It will utilise chassis made under the supervision of Italian designer Marcello Gandini. Despite several teaser images taking the internet by storm, there still hasn’t been any revelation in terms of design and styling. Although speculations suggest that Futuro could be a present day interpretation of Open Speester with boastful proportions and robust stance.
With an aim to keep it premium and modish, Tata will use new elements. Similar to the other sportscar, the bonnet is likely to be long and low slung. Features such as sharp lines and creases around the body are expected to sync with its sporty appearance. The face will have an aggressive appeal with elements like large headlamp cluster with dual units and large bumper with bold lines.
On the side, the mid-engined sportscar could receive pronounced wheel arches, rising beltline and supporting creases. To match up with the butch look, Tata could use large tyres, shod with multi-spoke alloy wheels. And at the back, expect the car to be equally edgy as the front and side facets.
While there is yet no inkling about the styling and cabin-layout, it is expected that Futuro will be loaded with several high-tech equipment. There could be some advanced connectivity provisions such as a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Navigation. Other key highlights might include premium leather upholstery around the seats, automatic climate control, reverse parking camera and multi-functional steering wheel, etc.
This is what we have for now, we’ll update you on this as soon as we hear from Tata Motors.