Tata Estate

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Tata Estate
Tata Estate, rear view (Goa, 1994).jpg
A white Tata Estate in Goa, 1994.
Overview
Manufacturer Tata Motors
Production 1992-2000
Body and chassis
Class Station Wagon
Body style 5-door station wagon
Layout Front Engine, Rear Wheel Drive
Powertrain
Engine 1.9 D (68 Hp) Diesel engine
Transmission 5-speed manual transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,825 mm (111.2 in)
Length 4,625 mm (182.1 in)
Width 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height 1,610 mm (63.4 in)

The Tata Estate was a station wagon car produced by Tata Motors. Already a major player in the heavy vehicle segment, this was the company's first attempt at building a passenger car. The car was considered fairly advanced during its time and had many features which were not common among other Indian cars available at the same price range then. The car came with power windows, power steering and a tachometer. The car performed better than expected, but fell out of production due to its underpowered engine.

The Estate's exterior is based on Mercedes-Benz station wagons made at the time of conception,[1] in particular to the T-series estate-type cars.[2]

History[edit]

The Tata Estate was placed into production in 1992 until 2000, being available with a 5-speed manual transmission.[3][4] This followed after the production of the Tata Sierra in 1991.[5] It was initially plagued with problems due to high fuel consumption, faulty electrical systems and suspensions before they were eventually fixed in subsequent productions.[6]

Production ended due to poor demand.[7]

Variants[edit]

Tata Motors has mentioned that a bulletproof version of the Estate can be made for VIPs.[6]

Specifications[edit]

The platform of the Estate was based on the Tata 207 pick-up truck, which saved the company around Rs. 10 crore in development costs.[6]

Reception[edit]

Gaadi rated the Tata Estate as the second station wagon that should be placed back into production since it was the car that made Tata known publicly.[8]

References[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Sen, Gautem. (2014). Million Cars for Billion People: The Story of India's 'Millionaire' Cars". Mumbai, India: Platinum Press. ISBN 978-93-84027-74-2