Tata does not seem to be considering the 4 × 4 option for any IC-powered model and instead, there is a high potential for upcoming electric vehicles.
In a recent interaction during the launch of the concept of Tata Curvv, Shailesh Chandra, MD, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, Announces its brand’s interest in creating an electric model with an all-wheel-drive configuration. He further mentioned that Tata is not thinking of such a drive layout for the IC-powered model and thus the possibilities of a Safari 4 × 4 could be squashed?
He was quoted as saying, “We want to get an electrified all-wheel drive model. We are not openly thinking about an ICE at 4 × 4, but we are actively thinking about electric vehicles. In certain SUVs, we will consider some SUVs in the pipeline. “ The arrival of a 4X4 zero-emission SUV will largely depend on market surveys.
If the survey shows that meaningful volume can be taken from customers, Tata may finally bring the production model after showcasing it in its conceptual form – similar to the way the latest Tata cars were brought to the domestic market. But what could it actually be? The Tata Curvv concept has been confirmed to give birth to an electric medium sized SUV coupe.
In all likelihood, it will compete with the recently launched facelifted MG ZS EV, the upcoming Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro, the Maruti-Toyota medium-sized electric SUV. The Maruti Suzuki YY8 and Toyota repeat will be produced in 2WD and AWD configurations with single and dual electric motor configurations in a range of up to 500 km.
Production will be underpinned by the Tata Curvv Generation 2 platform, which is said to accommodate larger battery packs and different body styles. So, the 4X4 electric model is more likely to be a medium sized SUV Coupe but it is too early to judge at this time. We already know that the road-running Curvv will launch by 2024.
It will first be launched as an EV and, therefore, may have a first-mover advantage over Tata’s Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra as their respective medium-sized EVs are only expected by 2025. The Zen2 electrical architecture will be able to fit in high-density power – Efficient battery packs capable of driving 400km to 500km.