It’s just a concept for now, but there’s a chance this Indian-made electric SUV could find its way to Australia.
Tata Motors – a little-known Indian automaker that owns British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover – has unveiled its next-generation Sierra electric SUV, and the production version could make its way to Australia.
The Tata Sierra was unveiled overnight at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida, India, a major motor show near New Delhi.
The Tata Sierra is set to compete with mid-size SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 and is slated to hit Indian showrooms in 2025.
The Tata Sierra follows a similar concept vehicle in 2020 and was one of 12 new cars (including five electric vehicles) Tata showed at Auto Expo.
Tata also exhibited 14 trucks, including one powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
The unveiling of the Tata Sierra comes amid the company’s current dominance of the electric vehicle market in India and is part of the company’s plan to expand its electric vehicle lineup.
Specific details on the electric motor and battery capacity have yet to be released, but overseas media attending Auto Expo in India reported a range of more than 400 kilometers on a single charge.
Specifications such as vehicle weight and overall performance are yet to be announced.
It is unclear whether Tata is allowed to use the Sierra name in Australia; The name was previously used for the Suzuki Sierra.
According to Tata, the Sierra name came from a three-door SUV produced for the Indian market in the 1990s. It was Tata’s first SUV.
While Tata Motors has a history in Australia, it’s unclear if the Sierra electric SUV will make its way to local showrooms.
Considering that this Indian-made vehicle is already right-hand drive, that’s at least a technical possibility.
Tata has had a riddled history in Australia. The Tata Xenon-Ute was sold in Australia between 2010 and 2017 but in extremely limited numbers.