Specialists from the two companies are currently working on integrating BorgWarner's proprietary electronic control unit (ECU) and software into Tata's in-vehicle network (IVN), allowing the TOD transfer case to automatically switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive and back without driver intervention.
During product development, joint testing under extreme conditions in northern Michigan confirmed the performance of the TOD system and the Tata Aria's improved traction, enhanced stability and comfort.
"BorgWarner's TOD technology helps set the Aria apart in the Indian market, providing both a stable, comfortable ride and improved traction," said John Sanderson, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems. "Bringing advanced technologies like the TOD transfer case to emerging markets enables local automakers to offer their customers features and options previously available only on imported vehicles."
Tata Aria is powered by a 2.2l Direct Injection Common Rail (DICOR) diesel engine, which has an output rated at maximum 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The vehicle is equipped with several high end features, including a 3D surround system, dimming roof lamps, in-dash GPS with infotainment system, multifunctional steering wheel, dual arid conditions with automatic climate control and cruise control.
Safety wise, the Aris sports 6 airbags, ESP, dual zone collapsible steering and stiffened body cage. The model is expected to be part of the Indian push into foreign markets which starts with the UK in spring 2011, and followed by several others across Europe later in the year.