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Old 14th May 2005, 20:26   #1
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Default Which Indian Car has mid-engine RWD?

Heres a question - Which passenger car in India has a mid-engine real wheel drive layout (almost)?

And I mean Indian, not something thats available officially as an import.

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Heres a question - Which passenger car in India has a mid-engine real wheel drive layout (almost)?
Maruti Van - engine is under the front seat so , it's not technically a front engined car.

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Well, the Bajaj Autorikshaws have rear engine rearwheel drive!

On a more serious note... i think the Maruti Van comes close to being one

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Smart answer shantanu. But the engine is also not behind the front axle, i guess?
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Yup.. as Shan2nu said. Maruti Van from my side too.
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Smart answer shantanu. But the engine is also not behind the front axle, i guess?
Well, i'm sure there's a reason why GTO mentioned the word "almost".

The Reva would have been a contender IF it had an engine. That's more like a mid battery'd car. Is it RWD? Think it is. Ah, was the "almost" directed to this one?

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The Reva would have been a contender IF it had an engine. That's more like a mid battery'd car. Is it RWD? Think it is.

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Yes, the Reva is RWD, but, i dont think it can be a contender here....
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MID ENGINE

Definition: A chassis layout that positions the engine behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle.


I don't see any indian car fitting into this category.

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If DC's modification can be counted as an Indian car then its the DC BTS

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hmmm....
is the car still in production gto?
on an off note what abt these vehicles even though they arent passenger cars
what abt the hm utv : "the ranger" ??
and trucks like volvo?
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when the engine is positioned wholly or partly within the wheelbase,its called mid engined.


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Originally Posted by http://us.rediff.com/cms/print.jsp?docpath=money/2005/may/07motoring.htm
So Maruti has gone ahead and made changes to it as well. It gets new headlamps and some plastic upfront that is a sad excuse for a grille. Outside rear view mirrors, new dials, a centre console, a new steering wheel and a lockable glovebox are also new. Oh, and don't forget the cup holder. Hmm... maybe the Omni is finally ready for the American market.

Driving the Omni is a bit of an experience. It has the ergos of a truck and it feels a bit funny to see your front wheels turn under you. The Omni gets the 6-valve, 35 bhp version of the same 796cc engine from the 800 that gives it sprightly performance.

But out on the highway, it's a bit susceptible to crosswinds. It's not that great around corners either, though at close to full capacity, it isn't as edgy -- but there is a perceptible amount of body roll as it carries through the curves.

So much for a mid-engined rear-wheel drive layout! The brakes though, have become better and the booster-equipped master cylinder is a welcome addition, while radials come as standard fitment.
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So much for a mid-engined rear-wheel drive layout!
It had to be the Omni. It's the closest i could think to a mid engined rwd layout.

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Ok Shan and Satya, caught me on a slight technicality.

I did mean the Omni. Does the Voyager also fit in?

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I think the Voyager might fit in too GTO because it has a similar engine layout as the Omni

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Ha ! I never thought of that. I should keep that in mind next time I drive our Omni. The only problem is that the driver sits in the spot where the engine is... in other cars.
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