The Forgotten Gem of India !!
The Car that made me fall in love with Tata
The Tata Sierra is a car most Indians would have forgotten about. It was a car that was a little too early for its time. The sierra would have killed it right now, especially when SUVs are causing such a stir in the market. Tata Sierra an icon produced in India, now it’s a long lost and very hard to find them on the roads of India today. I’d like to bring it in focus since this was the first ever car to be completely designed in India! Yes we Indians designed this icon. Tata Sierra was a three door Sport-utility vehicle which was produced in the 1990’s eventually the production ended with the launch of the Tata Safari.
A three door beast of the 90s, that fish tank glass is adds to it’s beauty. Imagine an Indian manufacturer creating a wonder like that back in the day.
To list out a few features of this beauty, it was the first car produced in India with:
An extra switch for additional fittings
Brake fluid warning lamp
A foldable back seat
An adjustable steering wheel
Rear wipers (2)
When it came to its engine, it was fixed with a 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel Peugeot XD88 naturally aspirated with 63bhp and a top speed of 130 kmph.
The turbocharged version of the Peugeot XD88
2.0 litre diesel engine with 87bhp
With a top speed of 160 kmph.
It also had a rear wheel drive or 4WD with a grafting system that was electronically controlled up to 60 km/h. It was also equipped with a gearbox on all ratios and a self lock differential and front hubs with manual locking/unlocking.
The suspension used was an oscillating double trapezoidal front axle and a rear axle with a rigid bridge layout and five pulling arms and coil springs.
This car was a true icon of the Indian automobile industry. Although it the launch of this car did not work out as planned, one can’t deny its beauty.
And as stated before, if it had come out right now with a few upgrades, it would have been the talk of the town.