The Tata Ace was recently spotted testing with Dicor badging which apparently is the only change in the work-horse. Earlier only the old gen Ace (Circular headlights) got the Dicor engine while the facelifted version got the new IDI engine.
If you remember, the ACE which was launched in 2005 got a facelift at the 2012 Auto Expo and was launched in the market last year. The Dicor is a tiny 2 cylinder 800 cc motor which churns out 20.1 bhp of peak power at 3,500 rpm and 55 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm.
Tata motors did not add a turbocharger to the engine like M&M did with the Maxximo is a topic for discussion, lets hope this works out in favor of the company and not against. The claimed economy for the ACE Dicor is 22 kmpl which is reasonably good with the amount of heavy lifting it does.
The test mule had very different graphics on its body which made it look very different from the usual hum-drum CVs we are used to see on the road.
The ACE spawned an entire family which includes Ace High Deck, Ace EX, Ace HT and the Ace CNG. The Ace CNG is Indias first mini truck with MPFI technology while the Ace High Deck comes with a covered loading bay for you to use it for business on the day you buy it.
The major change in the facelift was the new front look with the refreshed grille and rectangular headlights. Inside, the console was shifted to the centre of the dashboard and featured a new steering wheel.
The first million Ace`s were sold in 8 years (2005 – 2012) but the next half a million were sold in just two years. The facelift has been in the market for a few months now and TATA showrooms have delivered hundreds of these cars since then. TATA hopes this will increase sales which will in turn help retain its leading position in the LCV segment.