Tata launches Indigo eCS VX compact sedan

Tata Motors has launched a refreshed Tata Indigo e-CS, including a new top-end variant: VX/GVX.  The diesel top-end variant, VX is priced at Rs. 580,339 while the petrol top-end variant, GVX is priced at Rs. 497,727.

But we’re all too used to midlife face-lifts, what’s special about the Indigo e-CS diesel is that it has an impressive ARAI certified mileage of 25 kmpl which makes it the ‘most fuel-efficient sedan’ in the country. The earlier Indigo e-CS version had an ARAI-certified mileage of 23.57 kmpl.

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Photo: Tata has reclaimed the spot of India's most fuel efficient car with the Indigo eCS

Engines

The Indigo e-CS petrol is powered by a 1,193 cc, MPFi petrol engine that delivers 63 bhp of peak power and 100 Nm of torque. The ARAI-certified mileage for the petrol version is 15.28 kmpl. The Indigo e-CS diesel is powered by 1,396 cc, CR4, common rail diesel engine that puts out 68 bhp of power and 140 NM of torque. Both these engines are mated to 5-speed transmission and are compliant with BS IV emission norms.

The Indigo e-CS is also available in BS III compliant TDI engine (1,405 cc) that makes 69 bhp of power and 135 Nm of torque. The ARAI-certified mileage for the TDI engine variant is 19.61 kmpl.

How does the Indigo manage to run 25 kmpl?

The five technological advancements that helped Tata Motors to achieve the incredible mileage include Smart EMS (Engine Management System) chip, maximum charge combustion, Drag reduction, Transaxle, Tyres with low resistance.

The Smart EMS calibrates engine components such as valve timing, compression ratios, pressure volume ratios, air fuel mixture, flawlessly synchronizing every engine function to return a fuel economy of 25 kmpl.

Innovatively designed engine head, block and piston assembly minimize the pumping friction losses and ensure maximum charge combustion.

Drag co-efficient (wind resistance) reduction has been achieved by redesigned wheel arches, subtle alterations on the exteriors, lighter shell and fuel-efficient engine.

Further, the transaxle (gear box) has optimized gear ratios to give best fuel efficiency and drivability together. Tyres too have been optimized to provide low rolling losses, good handling and riding comfort.

What’s new in the car?

On the outside, the VX variant gets stylish R14 alloy wheels, satin finish front grill, ORVM with blinkers (turn indicators) and chrome inserts on the rub rails. The VX variant sports dual-tone beige seating and dashboard, premium wood-finish on the centre console, refreshed instrument cluster with chrome rings on dials and centre armrest for rear passengers.

Further, the VX is also equipped with features such as automatic gradient climb assist (for CR4 engine version), keyless entry, ABS, Bluetooth connectivity and electrical controls for ORVMs.

Variants and Prices

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* 25kmpl fuel economy

Conclusion

Ever since the Indigo eCS was launched, it has been one of the largest selling sedans in the country. The USP of Indigo eCS is that it measures less than 4 meters (3,988 mm in length) which helps it gain excise duty sops. However this does not translate into lack of boot space as one would assume, the eCS manages to provide a wholesome 380 litres boot space.

At present, the Indigo eCS has no direct competition. But, this model’s success has prompted many auto makers to launch compact sedans such as Maruti Dzire compact and Mahindra Verito compact which will be launched in the coming days.

*Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi