Tata Motors exported the Sierra in LHD markets and someone has got one of those registered in India. Check it out to know where it was planned to go.
Tata Motors has been exporting cars to European nations since the early 90s. It all started with the Telcoline pickup truck. At a later stage, in 1994, Tata Motors started exporting the Sierra to countries like Spain, Italy, and Germany. It was sold as Tata Sport and Tata Telcoline Sport. Initially, the car was exported in an RWD layout only. However, in 1998, the carmaker started exporting the 4WD variants of the Sierra. In Italy, Tata Motors also sold an Orciari version of the Sierra, which was developed in collaboration with an Italian designer – Orciari. The export-spec Sierra was a LHD car since it was exported in the LHD markets only. Therefore, it is really tough to spot one in India. However, we came across one and it is owned by a Sierra patron in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh.
Tata Sierra was based on a Mercedes-Benz platform.
The Sierra in the pictures appears to be Spain-spec version. In Spain, the Sierra was sold as Tata Telcosport and Grand Telcosport. It was the first iteration of the Sierra that featured a set of roof rails mounted on its hat. The car was designed to feature the steering wheel on the left-hand side. Interestingly, it is the facelifted version of the Sierra, which came with a revised headlamp design and butterfly rear windows.
However, the car in the pictures is not bone-stock. It now features certain add-ons to enhance its overall appeal. An aftermarket nudge-guard has been fixed on to its nose. Also, it sits on a set of aftermarket alloy wheels, which are shod with chunky MT-spec rubber. The front grille has also been replaced with a grille from a Maruti car. It gets decal on the rear fenders emphasizing that it’s the LHD car.
Apart from the changed driving layout, the export-spec Sierra was not much different than the India-spec car.
The Spanish Sierra with the 4WD layout was offered with a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine. It was an XD88 4-cylinder mill, which was sourced from Peugeot. The peak power output of this engine was measured at 88 BHP. It came mated to a G76 5-speed stick shift transmission. The 4WD system on the Sierra had a self-locking rear differential and it had an electronically limited top speed of 60 kmph in 4WD mode.