NEW TATA SUMO GOLD

Tata has unveiled the New Sumo Gold at a HORIZONEXT gathering on 29th October. The Tiffin-Box build of the Tata Sumo continues, with some new stickers tucked in here and there.

NEW TATA SUMO GOLDAvailable in 5 variants with the price beginning from 5.93 lakhs, the Sumo is being shown as a vehicle with the lowest cost of ownership. Tata is offering a warranty of 3 Year/1 Lakh Kms on the new Sumo Gold. The insurance premium is a paltry “Rs 1 /-“. Not only that, Tata is also offering a host of attractive financing schemes. One can avail funding for upto 90% of the ex-Showroom price. There is another scheme for an EMI Holiday of 6 months. One does not need to pay the EMIs immediately after the purchase; it can be paid 6 months after the buying.

Design and Styling

If you are expecting a radical change in the design cues of the new Tata Sumo Gold, then you would be disappointed. The vehicle carries forward its plain-jane Tiffin-Box looks. There has been the addition of new body stickers, and a newer front-end design consisting of changed engine grille and headlamps. But that is where the things end!!

Nevertheless, the macho upbringing of the Sumo has to be given its due. It’s proportions make it intimidating, and hand over an undeniable road presence. Big 15-inch wheels with 215 mm tubeless tyres and stylish wheel covers add to that appeal.

The new Sumo Gold is available in 4 new colors :

  • Blazing Red
  • Twilight Grey
  • Arctic Silver
  • Porcelain White  

Interiors and Comfort

Tata is betting big on the roominess of the new Sumo Gold. It is being claimed that the Sumo gold is the most spacious Entry-Level SUV, offering 20% more space than its competitors. It is also claimed that the vehicle has the lowest in-cabin noise, thanks to improved NVH reduction measures.

The new Sumo Gold possesses fairly good upholstery, and a wooden centre console. The console has a music system equipped with connectivity feature for both USB and Bluetooth. We also expect the seats to be wide and comfortable, and offer adequate comfort.

Some other features are :

  • Dual Air-Conditioners
  • One-Touch Power Windows
  • Engine Immobilizer with a Key
  • Power Steering
  • Handsfree Mobile Phone reception

NEW TATA SUMO GOLD

Powertrain and Mechanicals

A 3-litre BS4 emission-norms compliant CR4 engine is equipped to do duty on the new Sumo Gold. It churns out 85PS of peak power at about 3000 revs/minute. The maximum torque of 250Nm comes earlier, plateauing in the range of 1000-2000 revs/minute. The 0-60 Sprint time of 9.3 secs might look slow, but it should be good enough for a vehicle of this bulk. Oh, and it returns a fuel efficiency figure of 15.3 kmpl.

The new Sumo Gold comes with a high performance clutch that is said to have better thermal stability and offers smoother gearshifts. It also lasts longer than usual, offering 1 Lakh kms of driving. To reinforce the Lowest cost of Ownership belief, Tata has also improved fuel filter replacement interval by 50% at 45000 kms.

Other specifications are :

  • Double Wishbone Suspension setup
  • Long Wheelbase along with a Wide track
  • Turning radius of 5 metres
  • Ground clearance of 182 mm

Will this new Sumo Gold be able to make any dent at Bolero’s sales?

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