Indian giant readying next step for budget car brand

Indian car maker Tata has teased the first vehicle from its new sub-brand Tamo, expected to be a mid-engined two-seater sports car concept, which will debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March - according to a new report.

Autocar India reveals the new model will be unveiled on March 7 at the Geneva event, and will be the first product to be developed under Tata's new passenger vehicles strategy, Tamo, which will act as a testbed for new technologies, business models and partnerships.

Dubbed the 'Futuro', the Tamo sports car is the Indian company's first step towards defining its future mobility solutions.

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According to Autocar India, the new model will be similar in concept to the Vauxhall VX220 of the early 2000s, with a production run reported to be limited to around 250 units.

'Company sources' allege the Tamo Futuro will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing around 180hp (134kW), with a target kerb weight of under 800kg to maximise its power-to-weight ratio.

In order to achieve such a low weight, the Futuro is said to rely heavily on a mixture of composite plastics and aluminium. The production version is expected to go on sale by mid-2018.

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Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the 2017 Geneva motor show.