TATA Sumo – Evolution Of The Classic SUV

TATA Sumo was one of the best car in the SUV segment of that time creating an great presence on road. The car’s commanding seating position made one “Boss of the roads” while you can have a great view of what’s around.

So whats so special about the car? Let’s look into the evolution of this phenomenal car!

What Gave The Name ‘SUMO’ :

The name is even strong if you look it as a sport, the game in which two big guys in the ring push each other. If you think that’s the reason well it is not, The name ‘Sumo’ was actually inspired by the name Sumant Moolgaonkar. He was an architect of Tata Motors and also the MD. Hence, the name ‘Su-Mo’ came up by combining the initials ‘Su’ from Sumant and ‘Mo’ from Moolganokar. Intresting isn’t it?

TATA Sumo First-Gen (1994-96)

The first generation of Tata Sumo launched in 1994. The first-gen Sumo came with an Peugeot’s 1948 cc, 4 cylinder NA diesel engine, which was mated to a 5-speed MT gearbox and produced 63 horsepower. The Sumo came into existence when the market was filling with the M&M’s Jeep. Although it had an good competition the Sumo captured a good number of audience, while it is said that in the first three years of its launch more than 100,000 units were sold.

TATA Sumo Deluxe (1996-2002)

Tata Sumo Deluxe was launched in 1996 same as the previous gen model with few minor cosmetic changes and updated looks in front.

TATA Sumo+ (2002-04)

Tata Sumo+ was introduced in 2002 with more refined engine and with few upgrades on the exterior as well

TATA Sumo Victa (2004-07)

Tata Sumo Victa was an complete facelift for the previous models. Came with a  tachometer, multifunctional instrument panel, power steering, power windows on all four doors, key-less entry and hosts of other comfort features.

TATA Sumo Victa Turbo DI (2007-11)

In 2007 Tata Motors launched the updated version as Victa Turbo DI  the power-train was carried over from the Spacio the body styling and interiors were carried from Sumo Victa viz the positioning of the spare wheel was changed from the rear tailgate to the underbody of the vehicle. The model came with a Turbocharged engine offering an increased power of 70 PS and 223 Nm of Torque.  This Sumo Victa Turbo DI also came in 7 and 9 seater variants.

TATA Sumo Grande (2008-09)

This was an complete face lift of the predecessor came with major cosmetic changes to make the SUV even more premium looking, It was named after the Sumo due to its success. The Sumo Grande was powered by a 2200 cc 120 bhp DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) engine. Whereas it was designed by Concept Group International Limited.

TATA Sumo Grande Mk 2 (2009-14)

The Mark 2 came up as an updated version of the Sumo Grande with modern graphics and with no change in the power.

TATA Sumo Gold (2011- 19)

Tata Sumo Gold was the updated version of the Victa in which they introduced the new  refined 3.0 L TDI engine producing 85 horsepower and 250 Nm of max torque. The interior came with new fabrics, new air conditioning controls and new instrumentation in addition to faux briar finish. Mechanically, the braking system was improved and new shock absorbers made the ride less rigid. The last facelift come in October 2013: Tata Motors update the interior with a new radio CD and MP3, dual zone A/C and new colour and graphics for the body.

As with time Tata stopped the production of Sumo in April 2019, report says that the car did not pass the safety tests of BNVSAP. On top of that, Tata decided not to upgrade the engine to comply with the BS6 emission norms.

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