New photos of the cheaper Tata Manza compact sedan

New spy photos of the Manza compact car suggest it is better looking than the outgoing Manza with the full-size boot. Here is what you can expect.

With the reduced size by making the smaller boot, the Manza CS will be priced lower, given the lower excise duty on cars with length less than 4000mm. The present Tata Manza measures 4413 mm x 1703 mm x 1550 mm (length x width x height) and in order to reduce the length, the 460-litre boot has to be compromised.

Changes in appearance

The Manza CS does not appear to be simply a Manza with its boot chopped off, in fact the design feels more at home on the CS than it did on the Manza sedan. The rear of the car appears to be in sync with the front end rather than an after-thought like in most compact sedans.

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Photo: The Manza CS looks better than the Manza sedan with its compact dimensions

From a distance there no major differentiating factors between the Manza sedan and the CS but in profile the compact dimensions of the car are quite evident. The car is visually taller at the rear, indicating ample headroom for backseat passengers.

Even after chopping off 413 mm from the Manza’s length, the boot space will still be more (approx 350 litres) than some of the sedans available in the country today. There will not be any change in the wheelbase or any other mechanical part.

Engine

Currently, the Manza is powered by a 1368 cc Saffire90 petrol engine and 1248 cc Quadrajet90 diesel engine that both produce 90 PS of power. But the 1.4 litre Safire 90 may not make it into the Manza CS because, as per government norms, small cars (under 4 meters) cannot have petrol engines of size greater than 1.2 litre. Hence, expect the Manza CS to be powered by only the 1.2 litres Saffire 65 petrol motor.

Tata Motors may also plonk in the 71 bhp, 1.4 litre common rail diesel engine in the Manza CS which currently powers the Indigo CS. This may help the company reduce the price of the Manza CS.

Expected launch and Price

Tata cars are segmented based on pricing more than any other factor. If this same rule is applied to the Manza compact sedan too, then expect the price to be somewhere between the Vista and the full-length Manza. At present, the Vista is priced ranging from Rs.3.84 lakh to Rs.5.79 lakh while the Manza prices range from Rs.5.39 lakh to Rs.7.67 lakh. Small cars attract lesser excise duty than full-size sedans and hence, the price of the Manza compact car could be reduced by around Rs. 40,000.

Competition

At present the Tata Manza CS will have no competition. However, there is a possibility of Mahindra launching a shorter Verito in late 2011, while Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch a compact version of the Swift Dzire. Also read our Tata Indica Vista first drive story

Both the cars are equally spacious and good value for money. The Verito’s 1.5 litre dCI diesel engine is its selling point while the Dzire’s 1.3 litre DDiS engine is Maruti Suzuki’s version of Fiat’s Multijet engine which is used in the Tata Manza as well.  The Manza CS may also compete with the upcoming HM Ambassador Compact to be launched next year.

(Photo Courtesy: GoaOnWheels)

* Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi