Tata Azura T.19: Next-gen ICV truck with new cabin, peppy engine | Auto Expo 2023
The new Tata Azura T.19 truck essentially represents the revised LPT intermediate trucks, with higher GVW rating of 18,500 kgs and optimized engine mated to new Mk2 gearbox.
At the Auto Expo 2023 Motor Show, Tata Motors introduced an all-new truck nameplate ‘Azura‘. The Azura T.19 truck on display was donning an all-new cabin with fresh front fascia and interiors.
A closer look made it clear that it is essentially the intermediate LPT range truck, with the cabin receiving a complete makeover, except for the large part of the cabin shell and door arches. Tata’s signature bar with black-finish grille design, stylish twin-barrel headlamps with LED DRLs, and high bumper gives the truck a completely new look.
The Azura’s next-generation interiors is simply amazing, considering the aging looks of the existing LPT cab. Since the cabin’s outer shell is unaltered, the dashboard continues to be upright and bit plain. But a host of goodies like a modern TFT instrumentation cluster, an erect touch-screen infotainment system, over-head storage bins, and chunky steering wheel makes it unique.
Further, the steering column is tilt and telescopic adjustable, while the driver seat is air-suspended and offers comfortable seating position. The instrumentation features Gear Shift Advisor (GSA) for fuel-efficient driving.
Other key equipment in the truck are dual-power modes, Driver monitoring system (DMS), Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), Rear park assist with camera, and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
On the mechanicals side, the new Azura T.19 is powered by an optimised version of the NG 3.3-litre engine from Tata 1512 LPT truck. The 4-cylinder direct-injection diesel mill is now BS VI Phase 2 compliant, and is mated to a Tata G550 DD Mk2 gearbox with cable shift. The engine makes 160 hp of power and 475Nm of torque when pushed to the maximum.
Tata claims that the engine and gearbox are improvised for maximum performance and fuel efficiency, ensuring higher reliability and lower total cost of ownership.
With an extended wheelbase of 5,300 mm, the truck now offers higher GVW rating of 18.5 tonnes, thereby creating a new niche for itself. The Azura is likely to be positioned below the Ultra range, and the new cabin will be extended to the entire LPT intermediate truck range.