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      TATA Motors working on Sumo Grande maker over

      Since 1997, The Tata Sumo was the undisputed leader in the Indian MUV segment until a certain Toyota Qualis came along. Ever since, Tata Motors’ multiple attempts to fight back and regain lost ground with Sumo variants like the Victa and the Victa DI has only become an uphill task with a multitude of capable MUVs like the Mahindra Bolero and Chevrolet Tavera nibbling away at market share.
      In the meanwhile, Toyota withdrew the QualisMUV at the peak of its demand, much to the surprise of most, and replaced the ultra successful Qualis with the Innova MUV, which soon became a best seller too. Mahindta responded in a while with the Xylo MPV, which also is a brisk seller. Tata however was quite late to come up with an Innova challenger and when it did, the Sumo Grande was born.
      But the sales for the Grande however have bee less than encouraging with the MPV remaining a distant third, behind the Innova and the Xylo. In yet another attempt by Tata to win back some market share and keep the Sumo Grande relevant in the MPV market, a facelift is being planned for the month of November, according to our sources. The Sumo Grande in itself is a very capable MPV that has plenty of potential.
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      For the uninitiated, the Tata Sumo Grande come with a 2.2 Liter DICOR diesel engine producing 120 Bhp. This engine mated to a 5 speed transmission endows the Sumo Grande with sprightly performance. The Sumo Grande also handles much better than the boat like Mahindra Xylo which pitches and rolls like a drunken elephant making for a very hairy high speed driving experience.
      The price of the Sumo Grande too is lower than both the Xylo and the Innova. So, the Sumo Grande does have some inherent strength that Tata could really use to give the Sumo Grande a proper makeover by ironing out the rougher edges like the flimsy plastics, the notchy gearbox and the bumpy ride due to the leaf springs suspension layout at the rear.

      Sumo Grande after feeling the failure launched Re-Launched as Sumo Grande MKII with small steering wheel, better feel Interiors, Captain Seats, Indicators in ORVM then too it failed to take-off in the market then with few Decals and mild changes to grill etc also did not get an ignition towards the MPV market

      Tata built the Sumo Grande Mark I in 2008 to take on the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo. After a tough time at the hustings, they went back to the drawing board to effect a few changes and a year and a half later, the Sumo Grande Mark II was born. The MPV still couldn’t do much to dislodge either of the Innova-Xylo duo. Never the one to give up easily, Tata Motors is at it again, this time with the facelifted Grande Mark II.

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      IndianCarsBikes was the first Indian online publication to break the story about the Grande Mark II being readied up for a launch after a makeover this November and today we have visual confirmation of the same. Our friends at OnCars have managed to snap up a facelifted Grande Mark II testing. That said, the big changes on the exteriors of the Grande are the Mark II and Sumo badges missing apart from new graphics on the flanks of the Grande.
      While it is still a little early o confirm whether the Grande will indeed lose the Sumo moniker along with the Mark II badge, thereis a fat chance that it could. We’ve seen this happen in a plethora of Tata products, ranging from the Tata Indica Vista which now sells as the Tata Vista and the Tata Indigo Manza which now sells as the Tata Manza. Tata products, value for money and spacousness being their strong points often times sell very well in the taxi market.

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      While this brings brisk sales to Tata as a manufacturer, more often than not, family car buyers are dissuaded by the Taxi images that many of the Tata cars come tagged with. The Tata Sumo has been around for the better part of a decade and a half now. The able MUV has had its days of glory and Tata might finally have decided that the Sumo brand is what that has been slowing down the Grande’s sales.
      While this brings brisk sales to Tata as a manufacturer, more often than not, family car buyers are dissuaded by the Taxi images that many of the Tata cars come tagged with. The Tata Sumo has been around for the better part of a decade and a half now. The able MUV has had its days of glory and Tata might finally have decided that the Sumo brand is what that has been slowing down the Grande’s sales.

      Hence, the Sumo(Incidentally the Sumo was named after Suman Moolgaonkar, TELCO’s late ex-chairman) name could go out of the window for the MPV to now be rechristened as only the Grande. Tata Motors will hope that this name change could change the fortunes of the Grande MUV, which for starters is quite a capable vehicle. This apart, the changes in the Grande will mainly be on the interiors and perhaps also on the suspension.

      The Tata Grande’s interiors had many rough edges which Tata Motors will probably have ironed out during the course of the facelift. Another change expected is in the suspension department as the Tata Grande’s suspension was quite bumpy for the rear occupants due to the leaf spring layout at the rear as opposed to the independent coil springs on both the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo.
      The engine however will remain the same, tried and tested 2.2 Liter DICOR mill, tuned to produce about 120 Bhp and 250 Nm, making it the class leader when it comes to engine output. So, the Grande does have reasonable ammo to turn out to be a winner in the segment, if and only if, the stodgy taxi image associated with the Sumo is eliminated. For a start, Tata seems to be on the right direction. The coming days will reveal much more. Watch this space!
      The Tata Grande’s interiors had many rough edges which Tata Motors will probably have ironed out during the course of the facelift. Another change expected is in the suspension department as the Tata Grande’s suspension was quite bumpy for the rear occupants due to the leaf spring layout at the rear as opposed to the independent coil springs on both the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo.
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      Delhi-based custom shop, BigDaddyCustoms has built a concept car based on the Tata Sumo Grande, called the Xenon. Yes, this are same guys who became world famous when they revealed the Moon Rover, a Safari modified to look like a Range Rover Evoque. Now BigDaddyCustoms has built another amazing looking car based on another Tata car.
      The Xenon concept features an Ultramarine blue-matt grey color combination throughout the body work with blacked out original wheels and smoked glass house area. Other changes include redesigned front bumper, headlamps and grille. LED lights too have been added to the bumpers to make it look more stylish. At the rear, the tail lamps and bumper too are reworked. This macho looking SUV features a many ‘XENON’ badges all over the car, like the front grill, on the tailgate as well as the illuminated side step.
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      According to BigDaddyCustoms, “The main objective of this exercise was to study the possibilities on how to modernize the now dated looking GRANDE and make it look more urban, contemporary and SUV-ish rather than MUV-cab image it carries.”
      Furthermore, they say that the Xenon project was offered to them by Tata Motors itself. In order to get reactions from the public to a modern crossover based on the Tata Sumo Grande. While handing over the project, they were given strict guidelines by Tata like only alter the plastic and soft body areas, leaving the metal body parts untouched.
      So that if Tata gets a very positive response, the Indian car manufacturer may just put this amazing looking crossover into production, without adding any additional manufacturing cost. The folks at BigDaddyCustoms have christened the project as ‘Xenon’ as it shares many common parts with it and also say it would have been better if it was originally launched as a ‘Xenon’ three cab variant rather than associating the Sumo brand name with it.
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      TATA Motors working on Sumo Grande maker over

      Looks like TATA motors want to be in news everyday and no it was just coincidental and it has got nothing do with me owning TATA vehicle.

      TATA motors is bucking up really hard to improve their dwindling sales, in the past 1 month there has been several news about new products, refreshes and talks about enhancing customer experience. Today ICB reports on what it calls the future design on Sumo Grande which has got inspiration from Land Rover. ICB has released some sketches which is suppose to the be the new Sumo Grande, the new model is still in design phase and it would still take couple of more months to hit the production.

      Looks like the design cues are borrowed from Land Rover styling, its been speculated that TATA is working closely with Land Rover design team to refresh their line-up and give a new feel. Though the final variant will have many changes from what we look here, the current front fascia looks aggressive and new. TATA will carry forward the same 2.2 liter engine to Grande

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      I hope that they give a much more classy look to the Grande. When I say classy look, I mean a Safari type look. Currently Grande looks more like a vehicle for politicians and mama groups. They should reduce the height of the Grande as well. A 120BHP Grande is still good enough.
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      @Mods: Kindly move the post to Sumo subsection. There is similar thread under Sumo subsection

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      sanguine: there may be similar thread but not the same thread or as informative like this thread
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      Sumo Grande is looking like safari and the Tata motors making their innovation in the sumo.It is nice to see grande because it's look is more stylish than the Tata sumo gold.

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