2020 Tata Sumo imagined with Harrier-like face inspired from the baselines of Impact 2.0 design language. Take a look.
There is something really charming about boxy cars. However, it isn’t always true. Tata Sumo is boxy and is not a looker for most of us. While it is quite a capable utility vehicle, Tata Motors pulled the plug on the production of this workhorse last year, after a production run of over 25 years! But this fact could not hold our in-house rendering specialist – Shoeb R. Kalania back from rendering a new iteration of the Tata Sumo, which gets a lot of design cues from carmaker’s Impact 2.0 design philosophy. To start with the changes, the Sumo in the rendering gets a simple yet substantial makeover to don a retro-modern theme.
On the front, the designer has ditched the massive squared-off headlamps in favour of a vertically split setup. It now gets a sleek LED DRL on top and main headlamp cluster at the lower end. The radiator grille has also been tweaked a bit to bring it in line with the Harrier’s design. Lower down, the bumper now features a prominent scuff plate that is finished in silver colour scheme and adds a sense of ruggedness to the modern face of the car. Also, 3 auxiliary lamps are fixed on the roof.
Moving over to the sides, a black cladding runs across the car’s length from the front bumper to the rear one. This theme is also continued on the wheel arches. The designer has made this Sumo sit on a set of negative offset steelies, which are shod with off-road spec chunky rubber. A set of rock sliders is also fixed in place to help it tackle the rocks. A bare-basic set of roof rails is also fixed on to its roof to hold some luggage when overlanding. Overall, the design is a blend of timeless looks and butchness. However, it would be really nice to see such an example of Sumo in real life. We hope that folks at Tata Motors are listening.
Talking of the mechanicals, Tata Sumo was offered with a 3.0L CR4 turbocharged diesel engine when it was discontinued. The engine was tuned to push out a peak power output of 85 PS and a max torque of 250 Nm. It came mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and returned an ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency of 15.3 kmpl. This same engine was also offered in Safari for a short duration. At a later stage, it was replaced with the Varicor400 motor, which is likely to be seen in the next-gen Sumo, in case Tata Motors plans to launch one.