- Tata Sumo debuted in 1994.
- Tata Sumo didn't pass the BNVSAP safety test.
- Tata Sumo's 3.0L diesel engine was not upgraded to the BS 6 emission level.
Tata Sumo has finally bid adieu to the Indian market as GaadiWaadi reports that it has been silently discontinued after a rigorous journey spanning over three decades. Being firstly introduced in 1994, the production of the popular MPV has been stalled permanently and as a result, it could be no longer seen at the Tata dealerships. Tata Sumo used to rule the roost in the MPV segment before the arrival of Toyota Innova.
Though there are several reasons for Tata to phase out the MPV the foremost being that it doesn't qualify for the recent AIS 145 safety norms. Being the only MPV in Tata's portfolio, it was last launched in Sumo Gold avatar. Besides the AIS 145 safety norms, it was also not meeting the BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program). Moreover, Tata has already announced that it will not be updating all its diesel engines to BS-VI emission levels. The Sumo was powered by a BS 4 3.0L diesel engine which used to develop top power of 84bhp and peak torque of 250Nm. However, Tata Motors has still not issued a statement, confirming that Sumo has been discontinued.
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Tata Sumo Gold was priced in a range of Rs 7.39-8.77 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom) while it was against the likes of Maruti Ertiga, Renault Lodgy, and Renault Triber. The main hindrance in continuing Sumo was the BNVSAP safety test. This same test also led to the discontinuation of Maruti Omni and Maruti Gypsy in the Indian market. But the company decided not to update the Sumo with newer safety norms due to the high costs involved. Hence, it is curtains now for India's one of the most popular and iconic MPVs for once and all.