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Old 4th February 2007, 15:25   #46
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Ugh !!!! Those headlights ! What have they done to it . The one they showed at bolgana is much better .
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the pic shows rear suspension to be leaf springs. pretty basic suspension.
Its a pickup truck which is supposed to do some work - not just look cool

Leaf Springs are expected in a load-carrying application.
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Pretty sad after what they showed at Bologna. The headlight & interiors are ugh! Also if i'm not wrong isn't the instrument cluster the same one as is used in the new Indigo's?

Also the Bologna concept is dual cab (4-door) but it seems that this one is single cab, not very clear from the pictures though.

P.S. Great work again Tushky!!

they are also testing with duel cab. but i saw duel cab with LHD. and the headlamps are not final lamps. only for test mule.
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Headlights are not of perfect fit, they will be replaced. we are still to see the final product only after that we can make any final conclusion.
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Its a pickup truck which is supposed to do some work - not just look cool

Leaf Springs are expected in a load-carrying application.

There are a couple of pickups in US that have coil sprung rear suspension, even independent. However in Tata's case I think its just cost that drove them to the old layout. Moreover in the indian scenario 99% of the TL's intended clientele (read cheap pickup buyers in eastern europe) are non auto enthusiast's.
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There are a couple of pickups in US that have coil sprung rear suspension, even independent.
Yes, and they're probably pickups that are meant to look cool, bling bling and pimped out in. The ones that you drop and stuff.

I am yet to see a workhorse pickup (and by that I mean the Nissans, the Toyotas and the Isuzus) that has something other than leaf springs in the rear.
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Like they have a 207 DI for commercial market and a TCIC powered telcoline presently,the vehicle in the picture would be a replacement for the former-a workhorse,

And the one which figure's in the Bologna motor show would replace the Telcoline(TCIC)-a lifestyle product.

What say?
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Overdrive's feb edition says that the new sumo's face is based on the sprint. and in the spy pics they have published, u can make out the grill, the headlights are the same.
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Leaf Springs are expected in a load-carrying application.
The most notable exception being the TATRA trucks, also made in India.

6 X 6 off-roader + load carrier + fully independent suspension on all wheels (without leaf springs). And who can forget its unique air-cooled engine. Boy, what a truck!

Check this link:

Tatra Trucks India Limited
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Moreover in the indian scenario 99% of the TL's intended clientele (read cheap pickup buyers in eastern europe) are non auto enthusiast's.
Currently, the most important market that Tata is targetting for TL Sprint is Thailand. It's supposed to be the world's second largest pick-up market, after the US. Big enough for Tata to set up a manufacturing plant (not just assembly line) there.

The Thai model will be bigger than single cab and smaller than dual cab.

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@spadival: YOu mean, the indigo was faster than a Baleno??? Or the driver was able to negotiate traffic better???
I think he was faster.. there wasnt much traffic at all.
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This is purely a test vehicle which is yet to evolve. Looks like TATA just put some of their old spares lying around to make this one.
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This vehicle is going to be by Fiat as their first 1tonne vehicle, under there brand name. 2.2 dicor supposes to run 100kms in 7.9 ltrs, which comes out to 12.65kmpl which is quite decent for a pickup category vehicle.

Read this article for more details:

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12.65 kmpl is great... Hope it's not at a cost of driving pleasure and power. Otherwise, it'll have same fate as the Sumo. The drivers hate it.

Anyways, am just curious - don't the spy photographers fear any lawsuit and stuff? I suggest they check the law-books, and then engage in activities like posting the pics on the web khullam-khulla.
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Spotted a near complete production level vehicle today. I guess this solves the headlight issue.



The interiors now with all the fittings dont look all that cheap (Although they may seem bad in the pic). THe fit and finish of the exterior leaves a lot to be desired though.
The gear lever is taken straight from the Indigo.

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