Launched in 1991, Tata Sierra was India’s first compact SUV which was loved by most buyers and SUV lovers. This SUV was discontinued in 2000, but it still enjoys a significant fan following, which is why we believe Tata should bring back Sierra nameplate. A modern design with more powerful diesel engine, better equipped cabin and all-wheel-drive system could make the Sierra a great vehicle for enthusiasts. Here we bring you 5 interesting facts about this popular model –
1. First Indian Car With Adjustable Steering Wheel
The Sierra was Tata’s first vehicle, and also the first diesel car to be accepted as a personal car in India. This model also marked the debut of adjustable steering in India. Besides this, it also had power windows, power steering and a tachometer. Also See – Upcoming Tata Cars In India
2. First Tata Passenger Car
With Sierra, Tata Motors officially entered the passenger vehicle segment. This SUV was powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine in both turbo and non-turbo forms. The regular model produces 68bhp of power, while the turbo unit gives 90bhp. Adding to it, Sierra was also available with 4×4 option.
3. First Product To Be Designed & Developed Entirely In India
In early 90s or 80s, most of the cars in India were imported or designed outside. This tradition was first busted by Tata Motors. Sierra was the first product completely designed and developed in India. One can say that Tata Motors had revolutionised the Indian auto industry. You May Also Like – Tata Harrier | Tata 45X
4. First diesel Vehicle to be accepted as personal car
Not just segment firsts, the Sierra was the first diesel vehicle in India to be accepted as personal car. Launched with a 3-door design, the Sierra was the sportiest looking SUV back then.
5. Most Expensive Indian SUV
It was launched at Rs 5.0 lakh for the base model, which was massive back in 1990s. This was the most expensive vehicle available in the market back then.