Tata Motors announced two years ago that it would cut its capital expenditure on product development to Rs 4,500 crore over three years.
This nominal figure was just about enough to cover mid-life cycle facelifts and product upgrades to meet future regulatory requirements.
but it wasn’t enough to develop entirely new models and engines. As a result, a number of programmes were put on hold.
The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol, which is essentially a 1.2 turbo with an extra cylinder added, is back on the drawing board, along with other powertrains.
The 1.5 turbo-petrol engine, expected to produce around 160 horsepower, will be key powertrain for Tata Motors’ larger vehicles.