Tata Sumo Gold Review
Basic and AffordableThursday, June 20, 2013
One of the biggest car makers in the world is Tata Motors Limited formerly called TELCO. It is an Indian transnational automotive manufacturing company that is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is a subsidiary of the Tata Group, a company that manufactures trucks, passenger cars, vans, buses, coaches, and military vehicles. According to survey, it is the second-largest bus manufacturer by volume, fourth-largest truck manufacturer and eighteenth-largest motor vehicle manufacturing company in the world. Tata Sumo got its name from a man who made it possible for Tata to do a number of revolutionary changes to the company. From TELCO, Tata became world famous because of Mr. Sumant Moolgaonkar so Tata’s new model was named Su Mo which is his initials as a form of appreciation for the significant progress he contributed. From the original name Sumo, the company decided to make it Sumo Victa and later on change it to Sumo Gold. It used to be Sumo the top selling car in India, even whipping the Maruti 800 to the corner. Although it is not as hot as it was first released, Tata Sumo Gold will always be one of the well-loved cars in India with performance like that of a war horse.
Tata Motors has launched new Sumo and has dropped the 'Victa' suffix from the name; it will be now sold as 'Sumo Gold' instead of 'Sumo Victa'. Sumo Gold is almost same in terms of looks and styling in comparison to Sumo Victa. There are some minor changes like new front grille, rear wiper and new fog lamps. But still Sumo looks very boxy and unappealing in comparison to Mahindra Bolero which is much better in terms of looks, styling and interiors. Also, the name changing strategy of Tata is not good, they recently dropped the Indica tag from Indica Vista and Indigo tag from Indigo. The interiors of Sumo Gold are also same except new music system and new buttons for HVAC controls. Sumo Gold has two engine options; both are diesel and very fuel efficient. It is available in seven variants – 4 have CR4 engine and 3 have TCIC engine. The base model of Sumo Gold is priced at Rs. 5.04 lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi). Tata Sumo Gold comes with 2 options of seating - 7-seater and 9-seater.
UPDATE (19th June, 2013) - Tata Motors has launched the 2013 Sumo Gold in Indian market. As per the company it comes with host of new styling, safety and comfort features. First and foremost it is now available in 2 new shades: Twilight Grey and Blazing Red. Other than this, it comes equipped with all-new wheel covers and new body graphics. On the inside, it comes with all-new USB compatible and Bluetooth music system, dual AC, wood finish center console, new grab rail, mobile phone holder and tubeless tyres.
Tata Sumo Gold Exterior
Tata Sumo Gold is a new version of sports utility vehicle that is a stronger version of its predecessor. It has been made with an eye-catching strong masculine look. The front end of the Tata Sumo Gold features a front light with a new style. The car’s logo is elaborated with a black lattice and a long body highlighted grille which is an invigorating revision from the old design. The grille is emphasized with a thin chrome plate that runs along the vehicle, linking the two headlamp boards on which the word GOLD is engraved. The bright fog lamps located at the front plus the rear fog lamps prevents accidents during foggy or dusty weathers. The fashionable wheel caps yield more toughness to the external look. The lateral view of this sports utility vehicle is embellished with graphics to give it an energetic appearance. The dark tinted windows along with its body painted door handles enhance the car’s deluxe appeal. Tata Sumo Gold can accommodate a spare wheel below the cabin unlike most vehicles where the spare where is hanging out on the fifth door which can be somehow unpleasant to look at. The radial tires of this vehicle offer a higher ground clearance of 190 millimetres that gives a smooth driving experience.
Tata Sumo Gold Interior
Aside from Tata Sumo Gold’s classy exterior design, its interiors are also good as it has Electronic Multi-Trip meter and fabric upholstery that is matched with its sporty elegant style. At the front, the car is installed with a Digital Clock, Glove Compartment and Digital Odometer. The third row seats are well cushioned and supported with a grab handle especially for passengers with special needs. New features of 2013 Sumo Gold are dual AC, mobile phone holder, new grab rail, wood-finish center console and USB plus Bluetooth compatible music system.
Engine and Gearbox
Compared to most cars in this segment, the Tata Sumo Gold stands out as one of the most dominant SUVs. Tata Sumo Gold is offered at the moment in two engine options and seven variants. The engine options for this vehicle include the BS3 compliant Di Turbo engine and the BS-IV compliant CR4 Turbo motor. The five variants of this vehicle are Tata Sumo Gold CX, EX, GX, FX and LX. Different variants are made to make sure that the customers are satisfied with the common features that they are looking for in a vehicle while meeting the emission requirements in India. Excellent pickup and power is something that Tata Sumo Gold can boast about as it has two engine options to match what most car lovers what. Such engine options are the turbo powered and intercooled BS4 compliant 2,956 cubic centimetres engine which produces 84 brake horsepower plus 250 Nm of Torque and the BS3 compliant 2,995 cubic centimetres TCIC engine which makes 70 brake horsepower and 223 newton meters of rotating force.
Tata Sumo Gold comes with front and rear fog lamps, seat belt warning, side intrusion beam on all doors, rear high mounted stop lamp and engine immobilizer.
Tata Sumo Gold comes in different shades so customers have so many options. Most cars in the market offer only a few colors but with Tata Sumo Gold customer can pimp their car the way they want. They can mix and match both interior and exterior colors. It comes in 8 exciting colors such as Light Gold, Twilight Grey, Blazing Red, Arctic White, Artic Silver, Castle Grey, Dew White and Sardinia Red. Anyone can customize the Tata Sumo Gold to a shade that matches the seats and dashboards. Customers can even check-out the leather used, the floor material and all just to mix and match everything.
Tata Sumo is available in eight variants: CR4 CX, CR4 LX, CR4 EX, CR4 GX, CR4 FX, TCIC CX, TCIC LX and TCIC EX. The top-model Sumo Gold GX comes fully loaded with following features: Front and rear fog lamps, Exterior body graphics, Internally adjustable outside rear-view mirrors, Tachometer and low fuel indicator, Body coloured front and rear bumper, Air-conditioner, Rear defogger and wiper, Power steering, power windows, tinted glasses, Remote fuel-lid opener, 12V outlet on centre console.
Through the years, Tata Motors Ltd has been renowned for its quality range of cars thus fulfilling the needs of different lifestyles of customers in the Indian market. As the company continually aims to satisfy their customers, they launch highly successful models as a product of careful research and various road tests. The all new Tata Sumo Gold is a product rigorous work by experts so it sure is a good buy for people who are looking for a car that can run at top speeds with less maintenance costs. It is an SUV that has been created to fulfill the various needs of the new generation customers in terms of controls, ample space, quality, fuel efficiency and design. Over all, the travel quality is good as it is comfortable due to full-support seats and the handling is stress-free as well. From Tata Indica to Tata Nano, car lovers are always satisfied with Tata products so there is no wonder that Tata Sumo Gold would definitely satisfy anyone who is looking for a car that suits the Indian lifestyle.