Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tata Merlin expected to launch on September 27th

As so many new entrants in Indian car market and many more to be unveiled this festive season,The homegrown auto major and largest automobile manufacturer by sales Tata motors is also all set to launch new Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Tata Merlin in India. This is in the news that the fresh introduction of the new premium SUV is a strategy to conserve the market share of Tata motors and to counter its major rival M and M, as M and M is all set to launch its SUV XUV 500 on September 27. Since a long time Tata Merlin was being rumored in market , but now some images have been captured which show the Merlin SUV in all its uncloaked glory. Driving most of the features from Tata Safari and Tata Aria the all new Tata Merlin will be a D-segment SUV. Speculations suggest that Tata Safari Merlin will be shedding its safari tag and will be simply called as Tata Merlin. The Tata Merlin price in India is yet to be revealed, but the car is expected to get the price tag just above Tata safari at Rs 10 lakh.

Tata Merlin

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The association of Tata and Land rover can be seen here in this car, as the new Tata Merlin's design seems to be inspired by Land Rover. Tata Merlin is similar to Tata Safari to some extent as if we talk about shape but few cosmetic changes inside out gives this car a complete new look. To differentiate it from Tata Safari, new head lights, tail lights and fog lamps have been added. If Coming to the bumpers , we see that the bumpers too don't have similarity with Tata safari bumpers. In getting new design,interiors are not far behind. Tata Merlin interiors are also shaped in a very fascinating way.

Tata Merlin review says that the all new Tata Merlin will be housed with 2179cc DiCOR diesel engine same as present in Tata Safari, though it is claimed that engine will be tuned to produce more power and torque. This engine will be able to churn out 140 Bhp power at 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 320 NM at 1700 rpm. The power will be suppled through five speed manual gear box, however six speed gearbox might be a possibility. Anticipated to be introduced in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive, The car will be a seven-seater car just like Tata Safari. On the inside Merlin is likely to have adjustable steering , leather upholstery , a panoramic sunroof and adjustable motorized driver seat. If give a look on safety features the car will be ornamented with ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (Anti-lock braking System) and traction control. Apart from this Tata motors seems to be generous this time by providing 4 airbags in Merlin. In sum up the all new Tata Merlin looks quite fresh ,so lets wait and watch as if the car will be able to compete Mahindra XUV 500?

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