I have seen the pics elsewhere & its really amazing, especially the central console & the instrument cluster. the console has a huge screen on top & very stylish AC vents & below that a double din slot for HU & below that auto climate control buttons. the chrome rings of the intrument cluster looks great & since the vehicle has 2 exhausts, it would look great.
Somewhere i read that it has electronic seats, 4WD, triple row AC (the rear AC vents on the pillars like in the Aria), xenon headlights with daytime running LEDs, etc. I wish it costs 14-16 lakhs max.
Yeh, that is true. But there are many factors for this:
Both M&M and TATA are eying the global market. They are no longer interested in the domestic market only.
To launch an international extensive research and testing in various geographies, terrain and climate is required. this obviously is a time consuming affair.
Both TATA and M&M has learned from the mistakes TATA had committed with Safari in Europe. They can hardly afford a set back any more.
The product should be top in quality with 5 star rating to pull customers from European,US, Japanese and Korean manufactures with whom they are accustomed to. This is not an easy task.
Even one single minute flaw will be highlighted too much by the international media and govt. who are already concerned about the growing Indian power. Just see how US manufactures collectively tampered Japaneses car market in US because of some recalls. In fact US manufactures products are much worse, but they managed to ruin it and the result was growth in their sales.
And counting much more factors, painstakingly careful and accurate homework is required before any such launch. Unfortunately this comes at the expense of time as well.
Yes, 3 years of delay is some thing we should call 'too much'. It is correct that M&M is going to face a law suit. They had promised Global Autos (their partner in US) to launch the Scorpio models soon. but it never happened due to 2 reasons. First one was a political war with US govt. on the design (heard that Jeep is behind the scene, see how they are afraid). The second and major reason was M&M was not able to compliance with safety norms something equivalent to Euro 4 / Euro 5.
It was said that M&M was not given the road compliance certificate on the ground that the design was an extract of the patented Jeep design. The issue prolonged for a while and some how got resolved; but the details are not relieved. Just do a Google. You will find some links on this, just as I did.