EVW readers will remember us reporting on the pre-show teasers and speculating if the company was listening to pulse of the market and how it was the ideal time to answer the call of the SUV enthusiast by bringing back the Sierra name.
Here’s what we wrote on that story a week before the Auto Expo:
“Lastly, the most puzzling caption is showing the car’s light signatures – “Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane? Here’s a glimpse of true vision that looks back and sees the future.” The Tata Motors fanclub has been calling for the company to bring back the Tata Sierra for years, but we have to wait for a while to confirm if this is the answer.”
Back to the story, the Tata Sierra EV offers a modern and an optimistic look at the future of Tata SUV family – the company is presenting the HBX concept as its forerunner to a Maruti Ignis challenger, and in the early part of this new decade it has to fill the white space between the Nexon and Harrier with a mid-size SUV, as well as design the next-gen Nexon and the facelifts of the Harrier and Gravitas. The design recipe for future models is taking form, EVW can reveal.
Observing the vertically arranged lights, recessed door handles (also present on the Kia Sonet concept), the wider grille polygon and upper lights that are connected separately from the grille, we asked Pratap Bose if these were the design nuggets to expect on the IMPACT 3.0 design language that will be guidebook for future Tata designs:
Possibly, as those elements which you described, especially where the lamps are, lamp technology is changing everyday and today you have these little LED modules which we have showcased here. These are not concept lights, these are available. Also for aerodynamics, the car has an air curtain inlet and there is an outlet on the inside of the wheel arch. Some of those elements will definitely make it to production.