Tata Sumo has been a famous brand in the Indian markets when we speak in terms of MUV as it has been successful right from its launch for the first time in 1994. It has faced a stiff competition from MUVs like Toyota Qualis and Chevrolet Tavera and has still persisted as the victor which is quite evident from the launch of the enhanced version of it- Sumo Victa. Even this has come out with a fair degree of success although; with a constant threat from Toyota Innova that has been pressing it for a considerable amount of time.
The new Sumo Victa stands out as a family car like its earlier version except for some changes in its features and "make-up". Tata as usual gives a variety to choose from with its eight variants: CX, DI EX, DI LX, DI CX, DI GX, EX, GX TC, and LX. All of them except DI are powered by a 2-litre Inline-4 diesel engine. The GX and GX TC variants get a 2-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates a power of 89bhp where as DI variants get a 3-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Refinement, both internal and external, is evident across the variants. Passion Red, Pacific Blue, Quartz Black, Arctic Silver, River Rock Green, Marble Beige and Arctic White are some of the variants available which gives a wide variety compared to the typical Sumo white.
Engine and Performance:
It is powered by an Inline-4 2.0 L diesel engine, which generates out 67bhp@4,500 rpm and makes a maximum torque of 117.5Nm of torque @ 2,500rpm. The GX Turbo variant is powered by a turbocharger and delivers a power of 89bhp @ 4,300rpm with a maximum torque of 186 Nm @2,500rpm. A key feature of such turbo engines is that you can recover the energy from the exhaust gases with the help of a blow down turbine .But, the non turbo version is not very powered well due to poor weight to power ratio.
The Sumo Victa DI variant has a 3.0L diesel engine, which pumps out 69bhp@3000rpm and 223 Nm of torque @1600 to 2200 rpm. The power is transferred to the rear wheels by a 5-speed manual transmission. Gear shifting is not so attractive or smooth; powertrain also needs some improvement. However, it has an independent suspension with coil spring and anti-roll bar in the front and leaf spring at the rear.
Hydraulic dampers that dampen the shocks are an advantage. Although, it is a good performer on the city roads as well as rough roads it is really a practical question whether this is a true off-roader. The body is brawny but the fittings are outdated. It is a fact that a visible body roll is true while sudden breaking and sharp turning. But, the breaking system is perfect and makes us feel as if Tata has concentrated much on the market of cab drivers.
Design and Build:
There are some moderate changes done to the Sumo's looks; however, its bulky style continues to predominate. The exterior finish is not up to the mark of a luxurious family MUV, it is comfortable and enough for it as a commercial vehicle.
The price of the Tata Sumo could range from Rs.5,80,215.0 to about Rs 7,79,043 rupees
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