Commercial Vehicle|October 2020
The Tata Intra V30 looks set to make a mark for Itself.
Bhushan Mhapralkar

Attractive it looks in a shade of metallic blue. With those 14-inch diameter wheels painted in black, it stands tall. Neither small nor big enough to find itself in the thick of the 3.5-tonnes pick-up truck segment, this one is all set to contribute to a part of the commercial vehicle sphere in India that recorded the sale of an estimated 6.5 lakh units in FY2018-19. No mean feat indeed. Creating a pull with its looks, the vehicle being referred to fits snugly into a segment that is fast emerging. It is a segment that is looking at bridging the gaps and addressing the dynamic market requirements without losing attention to the many regulations that have come home to roost, and many that are on their way. Positioned in a category that is brushing uncomfortably close to the 3.5-tonnes pickup truck segment, this vehicle has a premium air about feel. The chrome sprinkling on the front fascia marks the lead. Also do the ‘raised eyebrow’ clear lens headlamps and the well-sculpted grille. The bumper below is not a sorry alternative, but a real one, replete with lines, curves, taut surfaces and an air dam. On either side are fog lamp enclosures that contribute to its handsome looks.

Building on an all-new platform, the vehicle flaunts a GVW of 2.5-tonnes and a payload of 1300 kg. Leveraging the experience and knowledge from offering the Tata Intra V10 and Intra V20 (they were launched in 2019), this vehicle that we are referring to all this while is the new Intra V30 indeed. Standing still it somehow looks bigger than the V10 or the V20. The reason perhaps could be 20 somehow. The reason perhaps would be its bigger cargo tray dimensions, its longer wheelbase over the V10, and the overall dimensions. With a GVW of 2.5-tonnes, the Intra V30 is the latest handsome looking kid on the block. If it is not the smartest, it is quite handsome for certain. Reflecting a generation gap between the trucks available until now, the Intra V30 has a distinct forward control cab stance. The modern look of the truck is clearly supported by its robotic build. Robots make the cab with little human intervention. This has an effect on the fit and finish. Highlighting a design element that translates into elegance, the cabin of the Intra V30 is a key element in the chain of components and aggregates that presents it with this property. The pictures seem to fail to do justice to its visual mass or the presence that it commands on the road. It is definitely bigger and beefier than the pictures can convey. Ironic isn’t it?


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October 2020