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One of the biggest automobile companies in India, Tata Motors has introduced a new multi-utility vehicle, New Sumo Grande in India with two distinct diesel engines. Turbo and DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) engines are known for giving good output, torque and fuel efficiency while travelling in the city. The car suits the needs of both corporate buyers and large families. It has been especially designed for satisfying the necessities like manoeuvrability and driving comfort.
This rugged SUV not only serves the purpose of being a family car but is also a popular choice of travel and tour companies. Sumo Grande Car is a perfect combination of performance and style, which comprises wide wheel base, good mileage and comfortable seating. The body of the car is designed with chrome lined grille and square shaped headlights. Apart from the bulging muscular bonnet, Grande has spacious interiors, HVAC with dual AC and an alpine music system that is attached to 6 speakers.
It also has tubeless tyres, fog lamps, anti-glare internal rear view mirror, low fuel indicator warning, motorised headlamp adjustment system and side impact bars for providing safety to passengers. Sumo Grande 2011 comes in attractive colours in both Turbo and DICOR diesel engine variants. This car came out with a newer version and renamed as Grande MK II that is available in variants such as LX, EX, GX, CX, CX Turbo, EX Turbo and LX Turbo. New models that are BS IV compliant are also now available in this series.
Tata Sumo Grande Introduction
Tata Sumo Grande Launch History
Tata Motors launched a new SUV version of the Sumo platform in January 2008. This new car version was named Tata Sumo Grande, which had been designed in UK with a completely new body work. In December 2009 Tata Motors unveiled a newer version of the Tata Sumo Grande called Grande MK II. There are two types of engine in this vehicle, namely Turbo and DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail).
The car has an impressive exterior; it is stylish with chiselled looks and comes with many more added comfort features. It is being targeted at the urban and semi-urban market segment. Sumo Grande car's tagline reads 'More than meets the eye' and it proves to be so, as the features and accessories available inside the car are plenty. The new Tata Sumo Grande car comes with seven and nine seating capacity.
Tata Sumo Grande Variants (Models)
Launched in two engine models, Sumo Grande has a sporty, attractive and stylish with ruggedness suitable for Indian roads. DICOR and Turbo diesel engine versions of the car have are built using state of the art technology, which ensures great power and good fuel efficiency. The variants of the car include Tata Sumo Grande Turbo 2.0 CX, Tata Sumo Grande Turbo 2.0 LX and Tata Sumo Grande Turbo 2.0 EX, Tata Sumo Grande MK II CX, Tata Sumo Grande MK II LX, Tata Sumo Grande MK II EX and Tata Sumo Grande MK II GX. The turbo diesel engine is 2.0 IDI TCIC with a displacement of 1948cc. Maximum output is 90 PS at 4500 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000-3000 rpm. The DICOR diesel engine is 2.2 L 16 valves DOHC DICOR with a displacement of 2179cc. Maximum output is 120 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm.
|Tata Sumo Grande Turbo 2.0 CX||It is the basic variant of the turbo version. It has 7 and 9 side facing seats with power steering, manual power windows, outside rear-view mirrors with manual internal lever, cigarette lighter in floor console, black coloured bumpers and sump guard. It is empowered with a 1948 cc 2.0 IDI TCIC turbo engine. Power: 90 PS at 4500 rpm, Torque: 190 Nm at 2000-3000 rpm.|
|Tata Sumo Grande Turbo 2.0 LX||This variant is also 7 and 9 side facing seats with power steering, manual power windows, outside rear-view mirrors with manual internal lever, cigarette lighter in floor console, black coloured bumpers and sump guard. It is empowered with a 1948 cc 2.0 IDI TCIC turbo engine. Power: 90 PS at 4500 rpm, Torque: 190 Nm at 2000-3000 rpm.|
|Tata Sumo Grande Turbo 2.0 EX||The premium model of the turbo version, it also has 7 and 9 seater side facing seats and power windows. This version also has a CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers. All other features remain the same such as outside rear-view mirrors with manual internal lever, cigarette lighter in floor console. The bumpers are body-coloured with handsome grey sump guard. It is empowered with a 1948 cc 2.0 IDI TCIC turbo engine. Power: 90 PS at 4500 rpm, Torque: 190 Nm at 2000-3000 rpm.|
|Tata Sumo Grande MK II CX||This basic variant is fitted with a 2.2 L 16 valve DOHC DICOR engine of displacement 2179cc. Maximum power: 120 PS at 4000 rpm and maximum torque: 250 Nm at 1500-3000. Power steering (tilt able & collapsible), manual power windows, outside rear-view mirrors with manual adjustment, remote fuel flap operation, 3 position lumbar support for front seats and many more. The gear box is 5 speed manual transmissions, G-76, 4.1 Synchromesh with Overdrive.|
|Tata Sumo Grande MK II LX||This variant comes with all the features of the basic CX variant along with a few added features. This Variant has HVAC, Power steering (tilt-able & collapsible), manual power windows, outside rear-view mirrors with manual adjustment, remote fuel flap operation, 3 position lumbar support for front seats and many more. It is fitted with 2.2 L DICOR engine with displacement of 2179cc. Maximum power: 120 PS at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm. The gear box is 5 speed manual transmissions, G-76, 4.1 Synchromesh with Overdrive.|
|Tata Sumo Grande MK II EX||It is fitted with 2.2 L DICOR engine with displacement of 2179cc. Maximum power: 120 PS at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm. The gear box is 5 speed manual transmissions, G-76, 4.1 Synchromesh with Overdrive. It comes with HVAC, dual integrated roof AC with roof mounted ducts, central locking, child lock, power window, arm rest on driver and co-driver seat.|
|Tata Sumo Grande MK II GX||This variant is the premium model of the Grande MK II version. It includes all the features of the above variants along with many more additional features. The car comes with HVAC, central locking, Alpine CD MP3 player with 6 speakers and an ipod port, fog lamps, rear defogger and rear wash wipe, electrical rear glass demister and a feature called 'follow me home'. It is fitted with 2.2 L DICOR engine with displacement of 2179cc. Maximum power: 120 PS at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm. The gear box is 5 speed manual transmission, G-76, 4.1 Synchromesh with Overdrive.|
Tata Sumo Grande Pricing
The New Sumo Grande Car Price is between Rs. 5.85 lacs and 8 lacs in India. These car prices are fixed as per the BS III and BS IV regulations. Grande CX MK II DICOR is available at a price range of Rs. 6.45 lacs to Rs. 6.65 lacs, while Grande LX MK II DICOR is offered between Rs. 6.60 lacs and Rs. 6.75 lacs rupees. The top model Grande GX MK II DICOR is expensive and costs around Rs. 7.73 lacs to Rs. 7.84 lacs rupees.
Pricing strategy of New Grande clearly reflects that this latest product is targeted at the urban and semi-urban segment. The new Sumo Grande is priced at a slightly higher range because the car has advanced and technologically improved features. The manufacturers have attempted to upgrade and introduce a new luxury car in this segment.
Tata Sumo Grande Review
Tata Motors started the sales of Sumo Grande from 2008, after the car was unveiled in the Auto Expo. Then the Sumo Grande version was upgraded and named Grande MK II and was launched in December of 2009. It is a complete family car and is equipped with comfort features that satisfy the customers in manoeuvrability, fuel efficiency and ease of driving. This sports utility vehicle (SUV) is offered in different attractive colours for both Turbo and DICOR diesel engine versions.
In Turbo version, Grande is offered in colours like arctic silver, arctic white, platinum beige and mineral red. DICOR version comes in quartz black, mineral red, platinum beige, walnut gold, arctic white and castle grey colours. Large clear headlamps, spacious cabin and big tail lights are key features of this car. This car combines style and ruggedness together with exquisite interiors.
The New Sumo Grande in India has been designed beautifully for travelling on rough Indian roads. This car comes with 235/70 R16 rim sized tyres in all variants that have been specially fixed with steel alloy wheels for giving a tighter grip on roads. As a family car, it is perfect for weekend trips with a large family. This new car like all the previous variants of Tata Sumo has also become a popular choice amongst travel and tour companies.
This vehicle has enough ground clearance, head room and leg room that add to its optimum usage. New Grande is available with a standard warranty for 2 year or 75,000 km, which can be later on extended with the manufacturers to 4 years or 1, 50,000 km. The car incorporates all the tested and advanced technological features of Tata Motors.
Sumo Grande is perfect for travelling in both rural as well as urban areas, as it has been ergonomically designed, which can be doubled up as a taxi with no further modifications. The latest variant comes with added features such as HVAC with dual AC, alpine music system with radio, CD cum MP3 player and an iPod interface. New Sumo Grande India also includes power windows, central door locking system, tilt-able and collapsible power steering among others.
The looks, price, seating comfort, space and high engine performance separates this multi-utility vehicle with other available family cars and SUVs in the domestic market.
Tata Sumo Grande Used Car Market
Tata Sumo Grande holds a good reputation among the used car buyers in India due to its high price utility and comfort. This vehicle can be purchased second hand at lower price from leading dealers of Tata cars in India. While buying second hand Grande, customers should make sure that it has a comprehensive valid insurance, functioning of the battery, engine and brakes. Customers should also check the exteriors and interiors of the car and bargain the price with the dealer accordingly.
Tata Sumo Grande Specifications
Tata Sumo Grande Cars are powered with diesel engines in Turbo and DICOR types that can produce good power and torque while driving. DICOR version of the car is equipped with 2179 cc 2.2 L diesel engine, which can bring out maximum power of 120 PS at 4000 rpm. This diesel engine can produce maximum torque of around 250 Nm at 1500 – 3000 rpm.
Turbo version of New Sumo Grande 2011 comes with 2.0 IDI TCIC 1948 cc diesel engine, which can generate maximum power of 90 PS at 4500 rpm. It can produce maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000 – 3000 rpm.
|Specifications||DICOR Version||Turbo Version|
|Engine||2.2 litre 16 valve DOHC DICOR||2.0 IDI TCIC|
|Capacity||2179 cc||1948 cc|
|Max output||120 PS at 4000 rpm||90 PS at 4500 rpm|
|Max torque||250 PS at 1500-3000 rpm||190 Nm at 2000-3000 rpm|
|Gearbox||5 speed, G-76, 4.1- synchromesh with overdrive||G-67, 4.1- synchromesh with overdrive|
|Tyres||235/70 R16||235/70 R16|
|Turning radius||5.25 metre||5.25 metre|
|Fuel tank capacity||65 litres||65 litres|
Tata Sumo Grande Exterior
The latest version of Tata Sumo Grande in India has an impressive look due to its beautiful chrome lined grill in front. For enhancing the side profile looks of the car, the manufacturers have inserted chrome side rub rails. To add to the style of the car, the company has also included stylish blinkers on OVRMS with sporty steel wheel rims.
Sumo Grande Cars with large headlights and bulging muscular bonnet maintains the ruggedness of this new variant. Large clear lens headlamps, cutaway air dam in front, spare wheel tucked under and attractive tail lights, makes the car much more attractive. The front side of this vehicle holds an elegant bumper and square shaped headlights that are attached between 'V' shaped grille.
This new multi-utility vehicle has a wheel arch the flows into the bumper, which in turn gives the exterior an impressive look. To add a sporty touch, the manufacturers have used tapering window line that is straight till the rear. The car also includes a front nudge guard, roof carrier, body kit, reverse parking aid and door visor.
The Turbo engine version of Grande has a dimension of 4500 mm in length, 1780 mm in width and 1940 mm in height. DICOR version has been designed with dimensions of 4421 mm in length, 1780 mm in width and 1940 mm in height. Both the versions have same ground clearance of 180 mm and are larger in size than most SUVs in India.
Tata Sumo Grande Interior
The interiors of new Sumo Grande Cars are designed exquisitely with dual tones. Two tone barley beige and ebony black is used in the DICOR variant whereas two tone dark graphite and ebony black is used in the Turbo version. The steering wheel has floating horns and is around 380 mm in diameter. It also includes silver coloured inner door handles along with faux rosewood central console.
The uniqueness in the appearance of the New Grande is its interiors, the seats are designed using soft velvet feel full fabric that is comfortable to sit on and gives a luxurious feel. This car also has flexible grab handle on 'C' pillar for giving ease of ingress and egress to the seats that have been fixed in 3 rows. These handles help in quick entrance and exit of the passengers. Tata Sumo Grande Cars has powerful alpine CD/MP3 player, which comes with an iPod interface (available only in Grande MK II GX DICOR version).
Inner comfort in Grande includes increased wheelbase up to 2550 mm, which gives more space and comfort. There is spacious legroom, backrest and headroom at all seats including the 3rd row of the vehicle. The HVAC available in most variants allow passengers to regulate the temperature inside the car accordingly.
There is a good amount of head space and leg room inside the car that makes the journey comfortable for occupants.
Tata Sumo Grande Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy
The car comes fitted a Turbo diesel engine or a DICOR diesel engine. The Turbo engine is 2.0 IDI TCIC with a displacement of 1948cc. The DICOR engine is 2.2 L 16 valve DOHC DICOR with a displacement of 2179cc. Both the diesel engines of Tata Sumo Grande 2011 are capable of giving good fuel efficiency with a mileage of 10 kmpl on city roads, while 13 kmpl on highways. Lower emission and higher power can be expected from this new sports utility vehicle (SUV).
Tata Sumo Grande On-road Drive
Sumo Grande 2011 has been manufactured with great precision and can efficiently drive through congested roads. It has a turning radius of 5.25 metres, as well as a small car's turning radius. New Grande is also equipped with 235/70 R16 rim sized tyres that provide tighter grip on rough roads. The ride in Tata Sumo Grande feels smooth and not too bumpy on bad roads. The brakes are vacuum assisted independent hydraulic, front is ventilated disc brake with twin pilot calliper while rear is drum brake, auto adjusting type. This ensures stable and comfortable driving, enhancing the driving experience.
Tata Sumo Grande Power
Grande comes with two base versions of DICOR and Turbo diesel engines. The DICOR engine is patented by DOHC company and has a fuel capacity of 2.2 L 16 valve. It has a displacement of 2179 cc, which comes with 5 speed manual transmission gearbox for churning out power of 120 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm. This DICOR engine has a variable geometry turbocharger and double overhead camshaft that comes with an aluminium cylinder. The Turbo diesel engine of Sumo Grande in India has a displacement of 1948 cc and produces a power of 90 PS at 4500 rpm. This engine produces a maximum torque of around 190 Nm at 2000-3000 rpm. These are some of the most powerful engines available in the market today.
Tata Sumo Grande Acceleration and Pick-up
The brand New Tata Sumo Grande India is powered by two different engines, namely Turbo and DICOR. Turbo version comes with 1948 cc IDI TCIC engine, which provides great acceleration to the car. DICOR is equally good with 2179 cc 2.2 L diesel engine and can cross 0-100 km within 17.6 seconds.
Tata Sumo Grande Safety and Security
The all New Sumo Grande Mark II is equipped with some of the best safety features including ECU controlled engine immobiliser, low fuel indicator warning and motorised head lamp. It also comprises of collapsible steering column and side impact door for protection of the passengers. The specially designed headlights in the car give brighter illumination, which is suitable for better visibility during night.
It also has good braking system, which includes ventilated discs brakes along with twin pot callipers that provide quick braking during traffic jam. Anti key trap lock, tubeless tyres, door open safety warning, fog lamps and driver’s seat belt open warning are some of the important safety features of the car. New Grande does not have the air bag and the ABS, but has been designed with new suspension technology for ensuring safety of the passengers.
Tata Sumo Grande Comfort and Convenience
New Grande includes high seating comfort, dual AC (in most variants), alpine CD/MP3 player, power steering, antenna & anti glare IRVM, one touchdown power window and puddle lamps extended power window function. For comfortable seating, the car has been provided with long wheelbase of around 2550 mm. The seats inside the vehicle are fire and stain resistant and are uniformly placed in 3 rows facing front.
There is enough head & leg room in the Sumo Grande 2011 along with appropriate back rest support for the passengers. There are six speakers along with alpine CD cum MP3 player and iPod interface in the New Tata Sumo Grande Car (Grande MK II Gx).
For giving optimum driving comfort, the car has been provided with double wishbone front suspensions. These suspensions have coil springs that can easily absorb all types of shock while driving. Speed sensitive variable pressure power steering, adjustable lumbar support, height adjustable seat belt and other facilities are provided in all variants of the new Tata Sumo Grande MK II.
Tata Sumo Grande Colours
The New Sumo Grande is available in two different engine specialisations of Turbo and DICOR. These two variants are available in different colours. In its Turbo variant, Tata Sumo Grande is available in Arctic silver, Arctic white, platinum beige and mineral red colours. The DICOR variant offers colours like quartz black, mineral red, platinum beige, walnut gold, arctic white and castle grey.
Tata Sumo Grande Wheels
All the seven variants of Tata Sumo Grande have been fitted with 235/70 R16 rim sized tyres along with steel alloy wheels that have minimum turning radius of 5.25 inches. The overall size of these steel alloy wheels and tyres allows these to have a stronger grip on the roads. The 16 inches tubeless tyres compliment the steel alloy wheels attached with New Grande.
Tata Sumo Grande Stereo and Accessories
Tata Motors has provided 6 speaker alpine CD/MP3 player in the premium version of the latest Tata Sumo Grande. This vehicle is supported with accessories like hood deflector, body kit, bumper protector, nudge guard, roof carrier and door visor. New Tata Sumo Grande comes with a compact car refrigerator that helps in storing food and drinks for a long journey. The car is also equipped with a sensory reserve parking aid that helps in locating a suitable parking location.
Tata Sumo Grande Dealers
Tata Sumo Grande can be easily purchased from authorised dealers located in several cities across India. The company has authorised dealership to various dealers, who have their sales outlets in major cities in the country that make it convenient for the customers to purchase different models of Tata cars. New Grande can be purchased from following important dealers in India:
Om Sai Motors
Tafe Reach Ltd.
Tata Sumo Grande Company Quotes
During the unveiling function of Tata Sumo Grande in January 2008, S. Krishnan, Vice President of the Passenger Car Business Unit of Tata Motors said, “The Sumo Grande is for customers in the urban and semi urban markets. That is what we are really planning to cater to.”
Tata Sumo Grande Competitor Analysis
Tata Sumo Grande comes from the automobile giant of India, Tata Motors. The Sumo Grande scores a few points in respect to this. This car stands in competition with Chevrolet Tavera, ICML Rhino, Mahindra Bolero and Mahindra Xylo. Chevrolet Tavera has an engine type of 2.5 L direct injection turbo diesel with a maximum power of 80 PS at 3900 rpm whereas the Turbo diesel engine of Sumo Grande in India produces a power of 90 PS at 4500 rpm and DICOR produces 120 PS at 4000. The mileage of Chevrolet Tavera is slightly better at 14.8 kmph. However, the price range of Chevrolet Tavera is higher than that of Tata Sumo Grande. ICML Rhino RX DLX comes with latest 2.0 L TCIC Common Rail Direct Fuel Injection (CRD-Fi) and delivers a power of 120 bhp at 4000 rpm. Tata Sumo Grande and ICML Rhino are neck to neck in competition with each other. The Tata Sumo Grande is cheaper than the Mahindra Xylo but Xylo gives better mileage than the Sumo Grande. Engine displacement of Mahindra Xylo is 2498cc, which is more than the Sumo Grande, which has 2179cc. The fuel tank capacity of Sumo Grande is 60 litres, which is more than the Mahindra Xylo as it has 55 litres. Maximum power delivered by the engine of Sumo Grande is 120 bhp at 4000 rpm, which is more than the Mahindra Xylo, which has 112 PS at 3800 rpm. Grande also competes with Mahindra's Bolero, but Sumo is more expensive than Bolero. Bolero has also proved to be a popular choice in the rural segment. The engine of Mahindra Bolero is 2523 cc DI Turbo Diesel and power output is 63 hp at 3200 rpm.
However, Tata Sumo Grande proves to be more popular than its counterparts as it has many service centres spread across the country. Also the car offers a 2 year warranty or 75,000 km warranty with an expandable option of up to 4 year or 1, 50,000 km, making it a preferred choice.
Tata Sumo Grande LPG/CNG Version
Tata Sumo Grande is not available in the LPG/CNG version.
Tata Sumo Grande Pros
The DICOR and Turbo variants are known for their high power capacity that makes driving very easy in any geographical area. This vehicle has a good mileage of 10 kmpl to 13 kmpl, depending on whether the car is driven in the city or on the highway. Spacious cabin and wide wheelbase also separates New Grande from the earlier versions of Sumo launched and many of its competitors. Good door locking system, comfortable seats and high engine performance add to the positive features of the car. There are few ergonomic improvements in the car, which includes a grab handle of the 'C' pillar, inner door handles and a small steering wheel.
Tata Sumo Grande Cons
Fuel economy is a bit less in Sumo Grande India as compared to other cars launched by the company. The dashboard design is not very good and plastic used is very hard and may hurt the passengers, if met with an accident.
Tata Sumo Grande Conclusion
The latest SUV from Tata Motors has tried to overcome its previous shortcomings. The exterior has been enhanced with slight modifications such as the use of new chrome lined grill, stylish ORVMS and chrome inserted side rub rails. Many more safety features have also been incorporated such as side impact bars, tilt-able and collapsible steering wheel, fire resistant and stain proof seats among others. Buyers are bound to be attracted to the latest Tata Sumo Grande 2011 as it is stylish and comfortable with the Tata Motors brand attached to it. It is a luxurious multi-utility vehicle and can be purchased at an economical price. The New Tata Sumo Grande Car Price range has been positioned in a way that suits the budget of the customers in India. Grande is a much refined version of the old Tata Sumo and Tata Motors hopes to achieve a huge success in this segment of multi-utility with this new version.
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