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Tata Motors is reportedly developing an all-new petrol engine. The new petrol engine will be a direct-injection unit that will first be made available in the Tata Harrier. The Tata Harrier was launched in the Indian market fairly recently and it was received with much fanfare in the Indian market.
420 units of the car was sold in just ten days since its launch and it is pretty commendable. It is the unconventional, yet imposing design that has made the Tata Harrier successful in India. But the Tata Harrier is currently available only with a diesel engine.Going by the market trend, diesel engine-powered car sales are declining and Tata Motors had to come up with a petrol engine to keep the sales of the Harrier going strong. Reports state that Tata Motors is developing a 1.6-litre petrol engine and this engine will be compatible with all the upcoming cars based on Tata's OMEGA architecture, starting with the Harrier.
The new engine will be Tata's first-ever direct injection-fueled unit. Direct-injection allows engineers to have more freedom while tuning the engine and pushes out more power while reducing emissions.
Tata Motors will be launching this engine only by 2020 and the Indian automotive industry would have already adapted to BS-VI emissions regulations by then. It therefore makes more sense for Tata to have gone the direct-injection way with its new engine.
For its future cars, Tata could also turbocharge the upcoming 1.6-litre engine and squeeze out more performance. The Tata Harrier is currently powered by a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that has been borrowed from Fiat. This is the same engine that does duty in the Jeep Compass.
In the Tata Harrier, it produces a maximum power output of 140bhp and a peak torque output of 350Nm. A six-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels of the Tata Harrier. The upcoming 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine too would push out similar power figures, but torque output might be a bit lower.
Along with the new engine, Tata Motors is also developing a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This too would be a first for the company. The 6-speed dual-clutch transmission will be compatible with both diesel and petrol engines. This gearbox will be modular and therefore shared by future Tata products.
Tata Motors revealed the Altroz and the H2X Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and these cars too would be driven by this gearbox. Tata Motors also revealed the Buzzard at the Geneva Motor Show, and in all probability, the full-size SUV will also feature the 6-speed DCT mated to the new 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine.
Thoughts On Tata's New 1.6-litre Petrol Engine And 6-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
Tata Motors has come a long way and its products have seen a revolution of sorts. Tata's cars aren't just basic, practical and spacious anymore. Tata's design has gone to the next level, and now with the new engine and transmission, Tata's engineering too is set to reach the next level.