Tata Ace

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Tata Ace
ManufacturerTata Motors
AssemblyPune, Maharashtra, India
Uttarakhand, India
Body and chassis
Classmini truck
Body stylepickup truck
RelatedTata Ace Zip
Engine0.7 L diesel I2
1.4 L diesel I4
Wheelbase2100 mm
2380 mm (Super Ace)
Length3800 mm
Width1500 mm
Height1861 mm
Curb weight885 kg

The Tata Ace is a mini truck launched in May 2005 by Tata Motors in India.


In December 2000 Girish Wagh was given a brief by Ravi Kant to create a new very light truck line that would add to Tata's current truck range. It was to be economical and to take on the three-wheeled cargo auto rickshaws in the Indian market.[1] Based on this brief Wagh approached users of three-wheel cargo rickshaws and got their feed back on Tata's future four-wheel cargo vehicle. The feedback indicated the need for an economical vehicle that could take light loads over short distances. Additionally the feedback also revealed that future owners would prefer owning a four-wheeler cargo vehicle for the perceived prestige it would offer over a three-wheeled vehicle.[1]

Tata Ace has created a new mini segment in India. Priced between 2.25 and 3.35 lakhs INR, the company aims to convert three-wheeler users to four-wheelers.


Tata produces three main models of the Ace family, the Ace, the Super Ace, and the Ace Zip. Both the Ace and Ace Zip have a passenger variant called the Magic.


Side view of a Tata Ace in Bangalore

The standard Ace HT is powered by a two-cylinder 702 cc engine, delivering 16 hp (12 kW) at 3200 rpm and a torque of 3.8 kgf⋅m (37 N⋅m) at 2000 rpm. It has a permissible loading capacity of 750  kg (1650 lb). It is equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox and has a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). The Ace HT has a modern cabin compared to its three-wheeler rivals. It is best suited for carrying goods over short distances.

The Ace EX adds a five-speed gearbox, stop-start and larger wheels (13" over 12") and wider tires (155 rather than 145), and a top speed of 70 km/h.

Tata Super Ace[edit]

Front three-quarters view of a 2009+ Tata Super Ace.

The Tata Super Ace is a 1 Ton diesel mini truck aimed for Intra City Applications and Last Mile Distribution, it has a loading deck length of 2630 mm (the longest in its class) and a top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph). The Super Ace has a miserly turning radius of 5.1 m and boasts a mileage of 14 km/L (8.75 mpl), which gives it maximum range of 440 km per its 38 L fuel tank. It has a three-way drop load body which provides a mere 60 cm height for comfortable loading and unloading.


  • Engine Tata 475 TCIC (BSIII)
  • Engine capacity 1405 cc
  • Max engine output 70 hp @ 4500 rpm
  • Max engine torque 13.8 kg⋅m @ 2500 rpm
  • Fuel tank capacity 38 L
  • Clutch and transmission Clutch Single plate dry friction diaphragm type
  • Gearbox Synchromesh 5+1
  • Steering Power assisted hydraulic Rack & pinion
  • Suspension
    • Front: MacPherson strut with anti roll bar
    • Rear: Leaf Spring with Telescopic Shock absorber
  • Brakes
    • Front "Hydraulic dual circuit, vacuum assisted, automatic wear adjuster Disc brake"
    • Rear Drum Brakes
  • Wheels & Tyres Tyres 165 R14 & 175 LT 8PR
  • Dimensions
    • Wheelbase 2380 mm
    • Width 1565 mm
    • Length 4340 mm
    • height 1858 mm
    • Front track 1340 mm
    • Rear track 1320 mm
    • Ground clearance 160 mm
  • Load body dimensions 2630 mm × 1460 mm × 300 mm
  • Turning Circle Radius 5.10 m
  • Weights GVW 2180 kg
    • Kerb weight 1180 kg
  • Performance
    • Gradability 39%
    • Top speed 125 km/h

The Super Ace Bigboy[edit]

The Super Ace Bigboy at the 2017 MIAS show.

The Super Ace Bigboy is the prototype passenger version of the Super Ace.[2]

Tata Ace Zip[edit]

The Tata Ace Zip is marketed as a micro truck in India. Priced from Rs.1.9 lakhs INR onwards, the company aims to convert three-wheeler users to four-wheelers. One of the ideas that prompted the launch of this vehicle was to develop more opportunities of self-employment in the country. Moreover, there was a need for an efficient last mile vehicle, Tata sought to find the gap in the market and released the Ace Zip. The 611 cc engine delivers a power of 11.3 hp at 3000 rpm and a torque of 3.16 kgf⋅m at 1600–1800 rpm. It has a permissible loading capacity of 600 kg. . It is best suited for use by villagers in carrying goods over short distances.

Ace Magic+[edit]

Side view of a yallow Tata Magic (passenger version of the Tata Ace).

In June 2007 Tata Motors launched the passenger variant of the Ace, named Magic featuring an all-steel cabin. It offers a flexible seating capacity of 4-7 passengers with adequate legroom. Powered by a 16 bhp (12 kW), 702 cc water-cooled diesel engine, the Magic offers high fuel efficiency and very low maintenance. The Magic's turning radius of 4.3 metres (14.1 ft) is nimble enough to navigate the bylanes and traffic of India's crowded cities. The Magic has a clearly visible instrument cluster, utility tray and a digital clock in the dashboard and also a provision for fitting a radio.

The Magic meets BS-III emission norms and has been developed for use in any market — be it urban, semi-urban or rural. It is backed by a 36,000 km/12-month warranty. The Magic range starts at Rs 2.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune).

Tata Magic Iris[edit]

Tata Magic Iris

A passenger carrier the Tata Ace Zip platform, the Tata Magic Iris, has also been launched.[3]

Manufacturing locations[edit]

The mini truck is now produced at the facility in Pantnagar, Uttarkhand although it was initially manufactured at Pune. The Tata Ace has succeeded in creating an entirely new segment that competitors are known to be working on different models to compete against the Tata Ace.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Next People Car". Yahoo Finance. 17 April 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2008.
  2. ^ https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/129190/tata-super-ace-big-boy-versatile-go-vehicle
  3. ^ http://www.tatamotors.com/media/press-releases.php?id=667 archive=https://web.archive.org/web/20131203045654/http://www.tatamotors.com/media/press-releases.php?id=667

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