Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, will launch a compact truck called Intra to address the need for a performance vehicle for intra-city and rural application.
Developed on an all-new platform, the Tata Intra has a payload of 1100kg which is a step above the Ace range of mini trucks. The Intra plugs the gap between the Ace range and the Tata 207, which is a pick-up truck.
The new Tata vehicle will compete with the bigger Ashok Leyland Dost, Piaggio Porter and Mahindra Supro Maxitruck each priced in the range of Rs 4.8-6 lakh.
Tata Motors’ officials refused to divulge pricing details which they said would be made public at the time of the Intra’s commercial launch, expected by the end of this month. The Intra will be launched in a Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) version but will be upgraded to BS-VI when the required fuel is made available.
The Intra, to be manufactured at the Pantnagar facility in Uttarakhand, will sport a direct injection 1.4-litre diesel engine that generates 70hp of peak power. While the platform is new, the engine has been borrowed from the Super Ace.