Tata Sierra is ‘officially’ a concept car but because of the positive reactions that it has received at the Auto Expo 2020 may end up leading Tata Motors to actually start the production of the car.
The car had originally been initiated for the 75th-anniversary celebration for Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO). The Sierra Concept gets its inspiration from the original pickup-based two-door SUV car of 1991.
The design of the car has an iconic window graphic that can be recognised in an instant. The original Tata Sierra has been an amazing car inspired by the almost similar DLO (Daylight Opening) of the 1970’s Ford Bronco. The car has limo-like legroom and massive pillar-less stretch of glass that gives a unique and pleasant experience.
The Designer Pratap Bose and his team have brought various features on the concept, that now gets a glass roof giving you a 180-degree view out.” He said in a statement, “The project hasn’t been green-lighted yet, but if it makes it to the production, then we will try to stay true to the concept as much as possible the same way we did on the cars such as the Nexon. That means carrying over the big glass area, the glass roof, as well as the electric sliding doors.”
Mr Rajendra Petkar, chief technology officer at Tata Motors said, “It isn’t like Tata will be starting from scratch; the Sierra Concept had always been designed keeping in mind the extremely flexible ALFA platform.
“In ALFA, there is an outstanding flexible platform, and while this car looks big, the 4.3m length of the car will allow us to build it on the new platform.” It will also have a sliding rear door that may need extra effort and Tata could also go ahead with an asymmetric single-door setup. Keeping the costs in check, there is no fundamental reason why the company should not make the Sierra.
The Sierra would be introduced as an EV. With a compact nose and a long-wheelbase that indicate it as ‘born electric’, and it will likely be the primary drive system. Tata may also use its other ALFA platform aggregates, some of which haven’t been introduced as yet. It may even be available in a petrol-hybrid and a diesel variant too. It may even be the rival of Tata’s Creta.
“It is not unimaginable that we are going to have just a first and third row for more legroom as well as comfort, just like on a London taxi.” It will get a pop-up second row, and the rear bench could also be slide back and forth to give it. Tata has also hinted that replaceable panels will be used for the car’s exterior to give it a little bit of customisation.
Although there is no expectation or confirmation about the Sierra making its entry anytime soon it may come into the Indian market by 2022-2023.