Tata Motors, on Monday, unveiled its new 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine. Named Revotron 1.2 T, the engine is part of a series that will power Tata’s future models.
The turbocharged multi-point fuel injected (MPFI) engine will be used in products like the upcoming Tata Falcon cars—a hatchback and a compact sedan to be unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo— a company spokesperson said on the sidelines of a press conference to launch the engine.
“This is part of our clear strategy and portfolio in the passenger car business. We are also working on a new vehicle strategy,” Ranjit Yadav, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said. “Parallel to this, we are also developing a new gearbox that will be compatible to the Revotron 1.2T engine and will be a part of future Tata vehicles. This series of engines will apply to global markets and not India alone.”
The Revotron series has been developed by Tata Motors with inputs from renowned global players in the field of combustion, boosting, friction and calibration. The Revotron 1.2 T has been tested for global standards along with a testing car by TEnergy of Korea.
According to Tim Leverton, President and Head, Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors, the company has been a leader in powertrain engineering— having developed more than 20 engine platforms and 250 applications. “We are a pioneer in diesel technology and have the widest range in CNG engines but it is now time to look at petrol engine technology.”
He said that while there was a substantial investment in creating the engine platform, it was largely a Tata Motors project, “though engines are an area of greater interchange with Jaguar Land Rover.”
While a majority of Tata’s sales come from diesel cars, Mr. Yadav felt there was a big opportunity for the company in petrol engines now. “We have a 9 per cent market share in diesel engines across segments in India. In the future, we should be fuel-agnostic and have the same market share in petrol as we have in diesel.”