Snapshot: Tata Motors isn’t making the Vista D90 anymore, as detailed in CarToq’s scoop a while ago. While the Vista D90’s replacement will come in the form of the Falcon 4 hatchback, the current Vista borrows a few interesting bits of the Vista D90 model, to emerge as a better car overall.
CarToq has scooped the Vista VX Tech ABS, a car that is powered by a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet 75 Bhp-190 turbo diesel engine. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels of the car. The Tech variant of the Vista VX Diesel borrows the dashboard design of the Vista D90 and Manza.
The central layout for the instrument cluster is ditched for a conventional instrument cluster in front of the driver. The seats and interiors continue to feature the Sahara beige colour, a colour which while not being being practical for dusty and grimy Indian conditions, gives the car a premium feel.
Also, beige interiors lend themselves well to make the already cavernous interiors of the India Vista seem even more spacious. Fit and finish levels of the interiors see a once over too. Expect a feature or two to be added to the interiors of the Vista, in keeping with Tata Motors’ policy of continually upgrading its cars.
It must be noted that the Tech variant of the Vista represents an mild facelift of sorts, one that has been engineered after considering extensive car buyer feedback. The Falcon 4 will be the more comprehensive facelift for the car, and will make its official debut at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. In a nutshell, the Tech variant and the Falcon 4 are two different car models.
The Falcon 4, in addition to the 90 PS 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine,will get a 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor. The 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor will be the first instance of an homegrown car maker adopting turbo power on a petrol engine. The rumour mill is agog with a 100 PS power output for Tata’s very first turbo petrol engine.
The Tata Indica Vista VX Tech ABS variant will go on sale in the next couple of weeks. Tata dealership stick yards will receive this car shortly and bookings are likely to be opened in the next few days. Prices of the Vista Tech ABS variant will be similar to the outgoing version.
The marketing boffins at Tata Motors, famed for their trial and error methods and confusing range of variants that even car salesmen fail to fathom, have realized that people don’t buy a “fast Indica” after all. Sales figures of the Indica Vista Safire 90 petrol and D90 diesel indicated likewise. So, both models have been discontinued and powerful variants (read 1.3 90 PS diesel and 100 PS turbo petrol) of the revamped Vista will appear only in the rebadged/re-branded Falcon range.