We reported in our January 2014 issue that Tata is planning to re-launch the Sumo Grande MUV as the Movus, and that’s exactly what the company is doing. Cosmetically, the Movus will come with refreshed interiors, which will include a slightly altered dashboard, and captain seats on the top variant. While the exteriors are expected to get ‘variCOR’ branding on the rear fenders.
Mechanically, the new MUV will employ the same 2.2-litre ‘VariCOR’ diesel engine that powers the Safari Storme but, the motor will be detuned to make around 118bhp, compared to the Storme’s 138bhp. In the interest of saving costs, the carmaker will fit the Movus with single-pot calipers instead of dual-pots and the MUV will run on smaller, 15-inch tyres.
The new MUV will be available in three variants, with the CX being the base, LX the middle and EX the top. The base CX trim will not be equipped with an air-conditioner for which, you will have to choose the LX trim. Both CX and LX trims will feature the old car’s dashboard design. The top EX variant gets a revised cabin, with refreshed air-con controls, dual-tone interiors and a new centre console. It will also be equipped with roof-mounted rear AC vents and will get a revised anti-roll bar too.
There will be three seating configurations on offer. The base CX variant can be configured for 8, 9 or 10 seats, while the LX trim will feature optional captain seats, making it a seven-seater. The top EX variant gets captain seats as standard and can be configured as a seven or eight-seater.
The company plans to introduce the Movus in the commercial segment first before offering it to private customers. Just like the recently launched Ashok Leyland Stile, the Movus will be marketed primarily towards fleet operators rather than private individuals.
Prices are expected to start at Rs. 7.5 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi and go up to Rs. 8.6 lakh for the top EX variant.