Tata had quite a presence at the Auto Expo 2023 in Delhi, India, bringing four concept cars and three new variants of existing models. More importantly, the concepts – including a trio of SUVs – were not design studies, but previews of future production vehicles set to arrive in the next couple of years.
Starting with the star of the show, the Tata Sierra EV has nothing to do with the GMC Sierra but is a reincarnation of an Indian off-roader that remained in production between 1991 and 2003. This is the second concept of a Sierra EV following the first one from 2020 but looks a lot more refined and production-ready this time around.
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The five-door SUV looks surprisingly sleek, with clean surfacing, and rugged details like the skid plates and the boxy wheel arches, alongside modern touches including the full-width LED lighting units and the flush door handles. The B-pillar and the rear windows are a reference to the old three-door Tata Sierra, but similarities pretty much end there.
The interior has a minimalist design with different textures for the touch surfaces. The dual 10.25-inch screen digital cockpit looks ready for production, but the design of the seats and the ambient lighting create a futuristic atmosphere. Legroom for the rear passengers appears to be more than ample, while there’s a large sunroof, plants on the rear doors, and moss(!) on the dashboard.
The production version of the Tata Sierra EV will be offered in both fully electric and ICE-powered variants, based on Tata’s ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture. Local media report that the market launch is expected in 2025, as one of the many Tata Gen 2 EVs that will debut in India within the next two years.
The next SUV concept is the Tata Harrier EV. As suggested by the name, it previews the zero-emission variant of the Harrier compact SUV. The exterior design is a lot more modern than the already available ICE-powered model, thanks to the redesigned front and rear bumpers, the slimmer LED lighting units, and other updates, including the flush door handles.
The Tata Harrier EV will be based on an electrified version of the OMEGA-Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) which is derived from the D8 platform underpinning the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Unlike the ICE-powered Harrier which is FWD-only, the EV will offer AWD thanks to dual electric motors. The debut of the production model is expected in 2024.
Tata also showed a new version of the Curvv concept, this time with a combustion engine under the bonnet. The ICE-powered variant of the coupe-SUV looks very similar to the EV concept that was unveiled in April 2022. Changes include the redesigned bumper with more intakes, the conventional mirrors, and the red exterior shade. The Tata Curvv will ride on the Gen 2 Nexon architecture, which is compatible with electric and combustion powertrains. According to the latest reports, the ICE-powered model will be offered with turbocharged 1.2-liter and 1.5-liter engines.
The Indian automaker also exhibited the Avinya concept. The EV with the unconventional proportions blurring the lines between minivans and hatchbacks was originally introduced last year. It is also previewing a production model set to arrive in 2025. This one however will be based on the all-new Gen 3 architecture that will underpin many future EVs allowing a driving range of over 500 km (311 miles).
Besides the fancy concept cars, Tata had some news concerning its current lineup. The coolest addition is the Tata Altroz Racer, a new variant of the Altroz supermini featuring sporty styling cues and a more powerful engine. The turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol engine produces 118 hp (88 kW / 120 PS) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. As the new flagship trim, the Tata Altroz Racer has pretty generous standard equipment for the segment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, a 10.25-inch infotainment, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, an electric sunroof, ventilated seats with synthetic leather upholstery, a wireless charging pad, and rear vents for the air conditioning.
Finally, Tata shoed iCNG variants of the Altroz supermini and the Punch urban SUV set to debut in India later this year. The highlight is the turbocharged 1.2-liter engine running on CNG fuel. The models have twin-cylinder CNG tanks at the back, which according to Tata do not reduce the boot space compared to their petrol-powered counterparts.
You can check out all of the new Tata debuts in the gallery and official videos below.