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by David Zalstein

Tata Motors has launched the first of a series of new turbocharged petrol engines due to power its future passenger vehicles.

Dubbed the ‘Revotron’ series, Tata says the next-generation of petrol engines will include three- and four-cylinder units.

The first Revotron engine, a turbocharged 1.2-litre four-cylinder, produces 63kW at 5000rpm and 140Nm between 1750-3500rpm.

Employing multi-point fuel injection, drive-by-wire throttle, a multi-drive mode and a ‘Smart’ electronic control unit (ECU), the Indian manufacturer claims the engine technology used will “revolutionise the auto industry”.

Designed to be quieter and more refined than current offerings, Tata says the new engines have been developed in-house with input from Bosch, Honeywell and Austrian engine consultants AVL, based on “extensive feedback from car owners, car enthusiasts and expert drivers from across the globe”.

Speaking at the Revotron 1.2T’s launch, Tata Motors passenger vehicle president Ranjit Yadav said the new engine marks a “strategic shift towards a more complete portfolio”. Tata unveiled its global expansion plans for its next generation of passenger vehicles in August last year.

Tata last developed its own petrol engine in 1998 for the city-sized Indica, which offered the choice of 1.2- and 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engines alongside a 1.4-litre four-cylinder diesel.

The company’s new Australian distributor, Fusion Automotive, currently exclusively offers local buyers the 110kW/320Nm 2.2-litre diesel-powered Xenon ute, priced from $22,990 driveway.




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