Seven-seat crossover goes on sale in India - and could form part of Tata's UK plans from 2012

Tata’s must expensive and luxurious model ever, the Aria, has gone in sale in India. The all-wheel drive crossover is one of the most sophisticated cars to come out India yet, incorporating features such as in-dash GPS, ESP, traction control, a leather interior and six airbags.

Tata says the seven-seat Aria blends the abilities of a saloon and a SUV. Power comes from a 2.2-litre direct-injection common-rail diesel engine that produces 137bhp and 236lb ft driving through a five-speed manual gearbox.

See the official pics of the Tata Aria

At 4780mm long, the Aria is a similar size to a Kia Sorento. It uses a body-on-frame construction rather than a more modern monocoque shell, in order to give the vehicle the robustness necessary for dealing with rural Indian roads.

Other features include a reversing camera, automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls and rain sensing wipers.

Tata revealed at the Aria’s European launch at the Geneva motor show earlier this year that the car would be destined for European showrooms, including the UK, from spring 2011.

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However, the Aria’s European launch will occur next year in the three existing markets it sells in: Spain, Italy and Poland. “There’s no word yet on a UK launch,” said a Tata source, “but it may come to the UK in due course.”

Tata Motors boss Carl-Peter Forster has been undertaking a review of Tata’s European plans since he was appointed in January. A 2012 launch in the UK for Tata now seems the most likely, including its Nano Europa and Vista EV models, both of which are still under development.

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11 October 2010

Anyone else see the weird hint of mk1 Ford Focus in the rear shot?

11 October 2010

What a stunningly good looking vehicle, that's simply gorgeous. One wonders if the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit's husband works for Tata design?

11 October 2010

Not bad apart from the front grill. And with all that wood it could be a Rover?

11 October 2010

tata is wasting its time in europe. nobody would be seen dead in a tata. they should be expanding and building factories in africa. (ms dikshit is of the brahmin highest caste and is beyond reproach)

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11 October 2010

Not too bad, get the pricing right and theyll have a hit. I wouldnt buy one but it wouldnt be too hard to see who would.

11 October 2010

Who want's a car called Tatty?

11 October 2010

Shame about the Rodius-style D-pillar and the lack of an auto 'box; otherwise it could stealing sales from the Dodge Journey (if it had any)

11 October 2010

It could easily pass for a SsangYong product. I wonder if there was any collaboration

11 October 2010

[quote kcrally]tata is wasting its time in europe. nobody would be seen dead in a tata.[/quote]

Give them a chance there is pleanty off people who will like this iff the price is right . Just look at Kia ten years ago they where relatively unknown but they sold cheap reliable MPV,s like the Sedona and Carens and now Kia make cars as good as an equivelent Golf or Focus and they are very popular . I think the Aria looks good for there first time it does look kinda like a cross between an MPV an SUV do and like the other poster said it could be a Ssangyong indeed does look kinda like one indeed . There does seem too be a bit off Mark one Focus in the rear all right .

12 October 2010

I wouldn't underestimate TaTa's chances of success in western markets in the long run, especially since it's clear they have a western management team, that knows the business well and can make use of the JLR engineering expertise too. But to call this vehicle "luxurious" is pushing it a bit.

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