Tata Motors, the popular homegrown carmaker, has delivered 51 Tata Winger Ambulances to the Zilla Parishad of Pune. These 51 Tata Winger Ambulances are just a part of a larger that Pune’s Zilla Parishad has placed. The new vehicles will be used for providing aid to COVID-19 patients in the city. It must be noted here that Tata Motors won the bid for the order under the Government e-Marketplace. The vehicles that have been delivered to the Zilla Parishad are designed in accordance with the AIS 125 Part 1.
The Tata Winger BS6 Ambulances delivered to the Zilla Parishad of Pune are specially modified to ensure driver’s safety from COVID contamination by adding a driver partition that isolates the patient. The Winger has a flat torque curve, which results in lesser gear shifts. Also, the gear shift indicator and ECO switch help in achieving the highest fuel efficiency, while the monocoque chassis aids in smoother patient transportation and makes it easily maneuverable through the narrow streets.
In terms of design, the 2020 Tata Winger seems to have received a Tata Harrier-inspired front fascia. Hence, the Winger, in its updated form, features a split-LED headlamp setup where the DRLs are mounted at the top, while the headlamps are placed below. While the reworked front-end makes the Winger look a lot more modern, the rest of the vehicle remains largely untouched. While the Winger continues to have steel wheels, it now comes with different dual-tone wheel cap options. Also, the layout of the doors has been updated and hence, the Winger now comes with only one door on the passenger side. Powering the 2020 Tata Winger is a BS6 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that has a maximum power output of 100 PS and a peak torque of 200 Nm. Transmission duty is carried out by a 5-speed manual unit that drives the front axle.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vinay Pathak, Vice President, Product Line, SCV, Tata Motors, said,
“The Tata Winger platform is a versatile one and is perfectly suited for several applications. It is one of the most successful ambulance platforms in the country and has helped save thousands of lives to date. In the BS6 form, it has enhanced value-adds that make it the ideal vehicle for patient transportation. Tata Motors stands together with the country in its endeavor to fight COVID-19 and we are determined to support the government in providing better and quicker healthcare to all.”