March 03, 2006 | Business Standard

Tata Cliffrider roll-out slated for 2008

Tata Motors will launch its sports utility vehicle (SUV) Tata Cliffrider in the country by 2008. However, the company plans to launch the vehicle internationally before the domestic launch, said an official spokesperson of the company. The company has displayed the concept model of the vehicle in the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. Configured to be fitted with a range of Euro IV engines, including a V6 Petrol and next generation common rail diesel power trains, the Cliffrider would offer multiple airbags, ABS, traction control, navigation control and a host of other contemporary features.

The car would be available in 4x2 as well as 4x4 versions. It is derived from the Tata "Crossover" Concept, which was originally unveiled at the last Geneva Auto Show. Sporting a silhouette like a high-slung sedan, the Tata Cliffrider is a dynamic package that combines lifestyle and sporty usage with the practical functionality of a pick-up truck. The door trims show a continuity of form due to the disguised central pillar, with the front door hinged at its leading edge and the rear door at its trailing edge, allowing better access to the rear seats.

The interior emphasises space and elegance with an innovative ventilation system and driver-oriented instrumentation stylishly packaged in the steering column. Long beam lights mounted on the roll bar and a load-body suited to carry mountain bikes, skis or snowboards reinforce the "fun and adventure" image. It can also carry goods in the load tray which can be hid-den from view as well as protected from weather conditions by a sliding cover.