While it may look like another bland MPV, the new Tata Aria is billed as a crossover by its maker. Tata says that the Aria blends the functionality and comfort of an MPV with the all terrain assurance and “premiumness” of an SUV. To be launched in the second quarter of this year, the Aria can be ordered with torque-on-demand AWD and sits on a ladder frame. The ground clearance looks pretty substantial too, so perhaps Tata’s SUV claims aren’t that unreasonable.
Tata is proud of the Aria’s cabin, which has “theatre style” seating for seven. It sports premium features such as 3D surround sound, dimming roof lamps, built in GPS, “state-of-the-art infotainment system”, multifunction steering wheel, climate control and cruise control. Safety features include six airbags and ESP, which is a first for an Indian OEM.
The Aria, which sits on an all-new platform, is powered by a 2.2-litre direct injection common rail diesel engine with 138 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. It is Tata’s most expensive model and will take on the popular Toyota Innova in India.