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Segment: Compact

The Hindustan Ambassador was a licensed-based Morris Oxford, and its carmaker didn't consider it was necessary to upgrade it or change it into a new model.

While the regular cars had a regular lifespan of eight years, the Hindustan Ambassador broke the rules and was manufactured for almost six decades. And it wasn't just the nameplate that was carried over from one generation to another. No. It was the same vehicle designed in the late '50s, but with a few styling changes.

It is hard to believe that a car like that was still manufactured in 2014. Yet, the round headlights and the metallic grille survived the test of time. Its rounded shapes of the '50s continued to fill the Indian roads into the new millennium. On its sides, a trendy (in the '50s) line enhanced the rear quarter panels' look. At least, it had a curved windshield.

Hindustan updated the interior several times, and it featured a plastic dashboard that replaced the older, metallic one. Its dials and gauges were spread inside the instrument cluster with black plastic rims around the gauges. The Ambassador provided up to six seats, with a bench in the front and a floor-mounted gear-stick.

Under the hood, Hindustan introduced new engines and dropped the older, 1.5-liter carbureted unit. It offered a fuel-injected gasoline unit and a choice of two diesel versions. Last but not least, the carmaker installed a 5-speed manual gearbox.

HINDUSTAN Ambassador 1959 - 2014 3 Photos
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HINDUSTAN Ambassador 1959 - 2014
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.8L 5MT (75 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.5L D 4MT (37 HP)
  • 2.0L D 5MT (51 HP)
  2 hybrid engines
  • 1.5L CNG/LPG 4MT (39 HP)
  • 1.8L CNG/LPG 5MT (75 HP)

HINDUSTAN Ambassador 1.8L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1817 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5000 RPM
75 HP @ 5000 RPM
74 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
135 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/80 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.3 in (4326 mm)
Width
63.9 in (1623 mm)
Height
62.7 in (1593 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.5/53.1 in (1,359/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97 in (2464 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2434.3 lbs (1104 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2434.3 lbs (1104 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
202 g/km

HINDUSTAN Ambassador 1.5L D 4MT (37 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L D 4MT (37 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1489 cm3
Power
27 KW @ 4000 RPM
37 HP @ 4000 RPM
36 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 2250 RPM
83 Nm @ 2250 RPM
Fuel
Diesel
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.3 in (4326 mm)
Width
63.9 in (1623 mm)
Height
62.7 in (1593 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.5/53.1 in (1,359/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97 in (2464 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2646 lbs (1200 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638.2 lbs (1650 kg)

HINDUSTAN Ambassador 2.0L D 5MT (51 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L D 5MT (51 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
38 KW @ 4200 RPM
51 HP @ 4200 RPM
51 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
78 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
106 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel
Diesel
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/80R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.3 in (4326 mm)
Width
63.9 in (1623 mm)
Height
62.7 in (1593 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.5/53.1 in (1,359/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97 in (2464 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2646 lbs (1200 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638.2 lbs (1650 kg)

HINDUSTAN Ambassador 1.5L CNG/LPG 4MT (39 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L CNG/LPG 4MT (39 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1489 cm3
Power
29 KW @ 4200 RPM
39 HP @ 4200 RPM
39 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
82 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Hybrid
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.3 in (4326 mm)
Width
63.9 in (1623 mm)
Height
62.7 in (1593 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.5/53.1 in (1,359/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97 in (2464 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)

HINDUSTAN Ambassador 1.8L CNG/LPG 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L CNG/LPG 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1817 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5000 RPM
75 HP @ 5000 RPM
74 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
96 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
130 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Hybrid
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.3 in (4326 mm)
Width
63.9 in (1623 mm)
Height
62.7 in (1593 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.5/53.1 in (1,359/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97 in (2464 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
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