The Aria has driven onto Indian terrain to give rise to a whole new breed of vehicles. This new car is India's first four-wheel drive crossover that possesses the poise of a sedan with the presence of an SUV. It carries genes of both a sedan and an SUV giving India the best of both. Tata Motors, which is well aware of Indian road conditions, has introduced the crossover with the assurance of safety, performance and luxury no matter what the road conditions are. The car is available in the country in 3 variants – the Aria Pure LX, the Aria Pleasure and the Aria Pride 4x4.
Powertrain & Performance
The family crossover is equipped with a 2.2 litre VARICOR engine featuring a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT). The powerful engine generates 149 bhp of maximum power and 320 Nm of torque. Despite being more than adequately powerful, this engine returns an ARAI certified fuel economy figure of 15.05 kpl. Independent double wishbones with coil springs at the front and 5 Link suspension with coil springs at the rear are designed in such a way so that it achieves an optimal balance between ride comfort, control and stability, both on normal roads and while off-roading. The low-roll characteristics and higher shock absorbing capacity of the vehicle further ensure a sedan-like ride quality and SUV-like off-roading capability. The new Tata Aria is equipped with a selectable 4x4 which has features a built in Adapterra torque on demand. Even if two wheels of the vehicle are on a slippery surface, the Adapterra system reduces torque to these wheels, thereby avoiding wheel spin.
Build & Styling
The Tata Aria leaves one delighted with its bold proportions and no-nonsense features. It is very clear that the car maker has not compromised on anything while carving the country's first four-wheel drive crossover. The signature Tata grille further enhances the aggressive character. The unique lunging silhouette and dynamic roofline, however, manage to tame the forceful personality of the Aria. Chrome detailing throughout adds a touch of refinement with each sweep of metal hinting at the power of performance the car can deliver. Tata Motors has bestowed the car with a chrome waistline on windows that make the Aria look real sophisticated. The alloy wheels further highlight the car's side profile. The car gets black bezel headlamps and new clear lens tail lamps. The independent double wishbone front suspension and the 5-link rear suspension dampen even the greatest shocks along the way, and with low roll characteristics and higher soaking ability, the suspension ensures occupants enjoy bump-free rides. The lavish and generous interiors of the Aria are very inviting. Seven ergonomically designed seats with leather upholstery and generous legroom and headroom go to show that Tata has made no compromise with space. The second and third row of seats can be folded into a large flat bed, or, the two rows could be split folded individually to reveal more space. The in-dash satellite navigation system, that's simple yet offers unmatched coverage, ensures the Aria reaches its destination with ease. The slightest drizzle puts the rain-sensing auto wipers to task. The Aria also gets features like darkness sensing auto headlights, keyless entry, a JBL Harman sound system, steering mounted controls, cruise control and bluetooth connectivity. The dual AC auto climate control, meanwhile, keeps the interiors cool. The electrically adjustable ORVMs add to the practicality of the Aria, and there's no need to look back even to park; a reverse guide camera helps you with precision. There are roof utility bins, vanity mirror with lights, puddle lamps, fog lights in the front and rear, luggage room light, 12V charging point, chrome inner door handles and ORVMs controls, cup holder, glove box chiller, magazine holder, hand rest adjustments, lumbar support adjustments and more. The Aria also has ports for iPod and USB inputs, and Tata Blue5 Connect for hands-free calling. The driver information system aids the driver with useful real-time info and alerts. Further adding to driver comfort is the tilt steering, seat belt height adjustment and driver seat height adjustment that make driving enjoyable. For safety, the Aria has plenty to offer. It comes with advanced hydro-formed frame members and a stiffened body shell with in-built crumple zones. The 4x4 Adapterra torque-on-demand system of the Aria senses the terrain conditions and automatically supplies torque in varying proportions to the front and rear wheels, aiding off-road driving as well as stability on normal roads. The car has been equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability programme and traction control system, six airbags all around and much more.
The Aria has taken Tata Motors into uncharted waters for the company. It may not have been as successful as Tata wanted it to be but the company has now equipped the car with more features, lowered the costs and overall, made it more much more desirable than before. The interior quality might still not be up to the level of the competition but for aspects such as roominess, ride comfort and features, the Tata Aria is a very competent vehicle.