Tata Motors has been through some hard times in the recent past with flagging sales, quality issues and an ageing model line-up. The company is hard at work getting fresh and exciting offerings ready and the first results are showing with ‘Project Falcon’. This ‘project’ essentially will see the birth of a new hatchback and sedan from Tata to replace the Vista and the Manza.
Both cars will be based on the X1 platform that the current Vista and Manza are based on. Tata claims that the cars are all new however the silhouette hasnt changed. From what is visible through the camo on this spied test car it’s safe to say that it will continue to follow a similar design structure as the current Vista. What we can also make out from the images is a new set of tail lamps. The hatchback, which is currently designated, “Falcon 4” has been designed in Tata’s European design centre. The sedan meanwhile is internally designated the “Falcon 5”. Both these names are unlikely to make it to production but we believe Tata will drop both the Vista and Manza monikers in an attempt to start with a clean slate.
What immediately becomes apparent from this near production ready car is that Tata has worked on certain areas inside this cabin. The hatchback has a redesigned meter console right behind the steering wheel and not in the middle of the dashboard as in the previous generation models. The clocks look contemporary and the silver finish gives it a slightly upmarket touch. There are new cup holders and the empty space in the centre console, in the production car, will most probably have a new generation infotainment system combined with navigation or a reverse camera display. The AC vents in this particular mule are clearly not production ready though they do indicate a very similar profile as what we have seen before. The gear shift too looks similar to the older generation.
Tata will offer the Falcons with both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.3-litre Multijet engine will be carried over from the Vista. The interesting news however is the inclusion of a new turbo-petrol. This 1.2 litre motor will be the first turbo petrol from an Indian manufacturer. Power output should be around the 100PS mark or maybe even slightly over, depending on the application. Besides working on new cars Tata is also hard at work on a new family of high tech engines and this 1.2-litre turbo petrol will be the first of them.
Both the Falcon cars will be unveiled at the Auto Expo next month and we expect them to go on sale later this year. They will be priced and positioned at around the same point as the current Vista and Manza.