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Daewoo Tacuma

NEW CAR LAUNCH: DAEWOO TACUMA

So, off to Italy we went for the Tacuma launch. Besides finding a snazzy, easy to handle bundle of fun, I had the best scrambled eggs I had ever had in my life. After all, anyone thinks they can do scrambled eggs, it looks easy and terribly simple, just crack the eggs, throw them in a pan, add a bit of salt, stir and there you are.

But wait, there are all sorts of details you can add, extra ingredients that turn the basic dish into something special. Daewoo have taken the concept of a small family car and turned it into a long distance travelling fun machine, with something for the whole family to take delight in.

From its bold chromed ‘family’ grille to the dramatic upsweep of the rearmost side window, Tacuma is an individual in a sea of look-a-likes. The design is the result of a unique three-way collaboration between Design Forum, Daewoo’s Korean-based in-house design studio, and two of Italy’s most famous design houses: Pininfarina and Italdesign.

At the front, the distinctive radiator grille elegantly reinterprets Daewoo’s ‘fantail’ logo and stamps its authority on the car. The line of the short bonnet continues for the length of the car, before flicking into a half oval around the rear windows. A second styling ‘slash’ lower down the rear side panel accentuates the athletic stance, while the near-upright tail styling is dominated by the high set, vertically stacked tail-lights.

The rear ‘look’ is completed by twin, centrally-mounted exhaust pipes.

Despite the compact overall dimensions – Tacuma is 100mm shorter than the Nubira Estate – it will carry five adult passengers and still has ample space for their luggage. The secret to Tacuma’s Tardis-like interior lies in its height and width. It might be shorter than the Nubira Estate, but sits on a 30mm longer wheelbase and is 55mm wider.

Perhaps the most telling dimension, however, is the height: at 1580mm it is a significant 160mm taller than the Nubira. This allows passengers to sit more upright, particularly in the rear, which ensures the most effective use of available space. There are five ergonomically designed seats, with those in the front being multi-adjustable and have fold down armrests for extra comfort, while the front passenger seat in the top-of-the-range CDX can be swivelled through 180 degrees to face the rear passengers, perfect for picnics or messy kids.

The three rear seats can all be folded individually in two movements to create extra load space Each seat can also be removed to maximise the cargo area. With the seats in place, Tacuma has 455 litres of load space, which increases to 1155 litres with all three tumbled forward.

The centre rear seat slides forward by 120mm to increase shoulder room for passengers in the outside pair of seats and when folded flat, the back of the centre seat can also double as a useful extra surface – a picnic table or work desk. As well as its huge boot, Tacuma boasts masses of storage spaces and practical touches.

As well as underseat storage drawers in the front and rear and storage areas in the boot side panels, Tacuma has a large glove box, a sunglasses holder in the overhead console, and generous door and seat back pockets. There are numerous cup holders in the front and rear, while both the SE and CDX models have aircraft style fold down tables on the back of the front seats.

Daewoo Tacuma

High levels of standard equipment have long been a Daewoo trademark, and Tacuma is no different. Power steering, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors are standard across the board, as are the five individual seats with aircraft-style tables on the backs of the front seats. The centre rear seat can also be folded down to form a useful table, while under seat storage in the front and under floor storage in the rear allows valuable items to be hidden away from prying eyes.

SE models have a four speaker RDS radio/ tape player sound system, electric front windows and a useful power socket in the boot area. The CDX adds alloy wheels, electric rear windows, a swivelling front passenger seat, and a power socket in the front while the sound system has two extra speakers. As ever with a Daewoo, metallic paint is a no cost option.

Automatic transmission (2.0-litre only), satellite navigation and a roof rack system are among the list of options available for Tacuma, as is an innovative entertainment system based around the popular Sony Play- Station. A foldaway roof mounted screen linked to a central control box allows rear seat occupants to plug-in their PlayStation console and use it on the move. In time, the system will permit Internet access and allow e-mails to be sent and received.

At launch there are two versions of Tacuma available, powered by a choice of 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines. A diesel version will become available in Autumn 2001.

The engines are mounted transversely, and drive the front wheels through a Daewoo-developed five-speed manual gearbox coupled to a single dry plate clutch.

The entry level 1.8 SE is powered by a brand new eight valve, single overhead camshaft light alloy unit displacing 1761cc and developing 96.5 bhp and a useful 106 lb ft of torque, to give a top speed of 106 mph with the 0-60 mph sprint taking around 13 seconds. The unit powering the 2.0 CDX is a familiar Daewoo engine, which can also be found in the Nubira and Leganza models.

Displacing 1998cc, the unit features four valves per cylinder and a twin cam head with centrally mounted spark plugs and has been developed for Daewoo by General Motors in Australia. Available in a slightly different state of tune to reflect Tacuma’s load carrying role, it develops slightly less power but greater torque than in the Nubira: in Tacuma, the engine develops 119 bhp and 130 lb ft of torque (Nubira – 133 bhp and 123 lb ft respectively) to give a top speed of 112 mph with the 0-62 mph time cut to 10.8 seconds.

Both engines feature exhaust gas recirculation which reduces the volume of fuel/air mixture into the combustion chamber to produce a more complete burn. This helps improve economy and reduces the production of NOx emissions. Both the 1.8 SE and the 2.0 CDX return a highly respectable 39.2 mpg over the government’s extended fuel cycle.

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