Tata Manza to be launched in October 2009

Tata Motors plans to launch the new Indigo, renamed as the Tata Manza, on October 14, 2009.

Yes, this is the car most of us have so far referred to as the Tata Indigo Vista. Now it is called Manza, according to AutoCar India. We have no idea what that means.

The Tata Manza will be based on the same platform -but an extended version – as that of the Indica Vista, reports say. The three-box car will have roomier interiors and a bigger boot than the Tata Indigo it would replace.

The Indigo has always been a high value for money car. The Indica Vista was launched by Tata Motors a while back, and the company recently said it would launch a new version under the name Tata Indica Vista Ignis, the fourth version of the Indica.

Like the current Tata Indigo Vista, the Tata Manza will have a centrally mounted instrument panel. The dashboard will also be similar to that of the Tata Indigo, but will have a superior trim, autocarindia.com has reported.

Other features will include steering mounted audio controls and projector headlamps to differentiate the car visually from the Indica Vista.

The car would come with a petrol engine and a diesel engine – the diesel is likely to be the same Fiat Quadrajet that does duty in some six other cars in India. The The Tata Manza is expected to be priced between Rs 5,50,000 for the petrol version and around Rs 7,50,000 for the diesel.

Here is hoping that the Tata Manza would also have an Ignis version launched alongside. This is 2009, and Tata Motor’s refusal to offer a full-featured, high-safety car in its range even at a premium is beginning to get irritating.