Tata Motors has come a long long way since its introduction of the original Indica in 1998. It has since expanded the range and size its of passenger cars in many ways. Though initially Tata had some problems with quality, its passenger cars today are a byword for value for money.
Tata Motors’ global vehicle sales in October 2010 rose 18 percent to 86,705 units against 71,098 units from a year ago. Here we take a look at Tata’s passenger car offerings in India.
The Tata Nano is the world’s cheapest car designed with “creative designing” and “frugal engineering”. The car has caught the world’s imagination and showcased the capabilities of Tata Motors to produce a utilitarian car with the best of technologies at an ultra-low price of Rs 1 lakh.
Available in eight variants- Base BSII, Base BSIII, CX BSII, CX BSIII, LX BSIII, Base-BS IV, CX-BS IV and LX-BS IV, the Nano is powered by an all-aluminium 624 cc, two-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 34.5 bhp. The engine is positioned at the rear of the car and this is a key example of the Nano’s ingenious frugal engineering. Read our Tata Nano launch story
The rear-mounted engine not only improves efficiency but also dramatically improves safety. The Nano has been designed with a family in mind, has a roomy passenger compartment with generous leg space and head room. It can comfortably seat four persons. Four doors and a high seating position make ingress and egress easy. With a length of 3099 mm, width of 1495 mm, height of 1652 mm and with adequate ground clearance, it can effortlessly manoeuvre on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas.
Engine: 624 cc petrol
Power: 35 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Torque: 48 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Price range: Rs. 1,30,110 – Rs. 1,80,701 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Tata Indica V2
Tata Indica hit the Indian market in 1998. This compact city car has been drawing the attention of the buyers in the country since its launch.
The swept headlights and bison tail lamps are the striking features of the Indica V2. The vehicle is also regarded as the company’s first indigenously designed passenger car. The latest model of the Tata Indica comes with attractive exteriors that include powerful fog lamps, rear spoiler with integrated LED stop lamp and chrome lining on grill and bonnet. A comfortable ride for five people is assured by the vehicle.
The interiors of the Tata Indica V2 are very spacious. The rear seats of this vehicle are fully foldable, which provides space for extra luggage. The new Indica V2 is equipped with additional features such as audio warnings – driver/passenger seat belt warning and door open warning.
Engine: 1.4 litre diesel / 1.2 litre petrol
Power: 54.2 bhp @ 5000 rpm / 60.8 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 130 Nm @ 2500 rpm / 100Nm @2600rpm
Price range: Rs. 348,419 – Rs. 397,979 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Tata Indica V2 Xeta
Tata Motors launched the Indica V2 Xeta in January 2006. It came as the refurbished petrol version of the Indica V2. Indica V2 Xeta comes with lots of modifications to its interiors, to make it more appealing to buyers.
The new revamped Indica V2 now sports a few more design changes in the form of flared wheel arches and clear lens lights. Tata has worked hard to make sure this car is a formidable rival to its Korean and Japanese competitors. The design and styling of this small car means that it isn’t all that small after all, its design idea translates to a body which is 3.7m long and 1.7m wide with a wheelbase of 2.4m, making it quite spacious.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta is a compact car that comes with a roomy cabin. The electronic instrument cluster looks classy, with two trip meters that are equipped with light intensity controls. Apart from this, the cabin is adorned with spot lamps, lamp in luggage compartment, front door map pockets, and all-doors operated cabin lamp. The rear seat of the car can be folded in order to increase the cargo space. The Xeta is available in GL, GLE, GLS variants.
Engine: 1.2 litre petrol
Power: 65.3 PS @ 5000-5200 rpm
Torque: 10.2 kgm @ 2600 rpm
Price range: Rs. 271,316 – Rs. 313,414 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Tata Indica Vista / 90 HP
The Indica Vista 90 HP features the 1.3 litre Quadrajet diesel engine from Fiat that produces 90 hp (93 PS) of peak power and 209 Nm of peak torque. Owing to the lighter chassis of the Indica Vista (50 kg less) when compared to the Fiat Punto, the power to weight ratio of the 90 HP Indica Vista is slightly higher.
The petrol version of the Indica Vista is powered by a 1,172 cc, 4-cylinder, Multipoint Fuel Injection engine that churns out just 65 hp and a maximum torque of 96 Nm.
The mileage of the new engine is believed to be better than the earlier Indica’s engine. Tata has also tweaked the suspension and chassis setup so as to cope with the added power and torque. In all there are four engine variants on offer for the Indica Vista.
Engine: 1.1 litre petrol
Power: 65 PS @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 96 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Price range: Rs. 353,352 – Rs. 463,594 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Engine: 1.3 litre diesel
Power: 75 PS @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 190 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Price range: Rs. 449,333 – Rs. 545,863 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Engine: 1.4 litre diesel
Power: 71 PS @ 4400 rpm
Torque: 135 Nm @ 2500 rpm
Price range: Rs. 400,017 – Rs. 424,681 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Vista 90 HP
Engine: 1.3 litre diesel
Power: 90 PS @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 200 Nm @ 1750-3000 rpm
Price range: Rs. 438,205 – Rs. 569,010 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Tata Indigo CS
Tata Indigo CS was introduced in the Indian car market in 2008. The entry-level sedan is the country’s shortest car within its class and in our opinion, the best looking of the Indigo range.
Featuring a trendy front and rear end, the car boasts of spacious interiors, with a touch of grandeur. The Tata Indigo CS is available in petrol and diesel models and comes with a price tag that easily fits into the budget of middle-class Indian buyers, taking advantage of excise sops. Equipped with latest safety features, the car is quite comfortable to ride in, whether it is driven on bumpy roads or highways.
Engine: 1.2 litre petrol / 1.4 litre diesel
Power: 65 PS @ 5000 rpm / 70 PS @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 100 Nm @ 2700 rpm / 140 @ 1800-3000 rpm
Price range: Rs. 415,364 – Rs. 521,110 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Tata Indigo XL
The long wheelbase version of the Indigo is called the Tata Indigo XL. It first went on sale in January 2007. It has a 200 mm (7.9 inch) stretched wheelbase and a 101 bhp engine. The Petrol model has an MPFI 16 valve twin cam engine, whereas the diesel variant features a DICOR engine developed in-house. Some luxury features in the car include powered front seats (driver and passenger), rear air conditioning console with separate controls, all four power windows with auto power down function, and car phone.
The stretched Indigo offers great value for money and features not heard of in its price range. However, the fit and finish quality lets down its premium image. It is available in petrol and diesel variants.
Engine: 1.4 litre petrol / 1.4 litre diesel
Power: 101 PS @ 6100 rpm / 70 PS @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 124 Nm @ 3500 rpm / 140 @ 1800-3000 rpm
Price range: Rs. 5,57,000 – Rs. 7,56,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Tata Indigo Manza
Typical of Tata cars, the Indigo Manza offers great value for money as it comes packed with loads equipments and features. Tata Manza is based on the Indica Vista, but the company has reengineered the chassis to add some length and subtle styling changes. The car has an all new interior compared to the Vista and makes a bold styling statement. With a length of over 4.4m, a width of 1.7m, and a wheelbase of 2,520 mm, the sedan has grown in size and thus in interior space.
The styling is quite nice and Tata has done a good job of adding a boot to the Indica Vista. It comes with a 1.4 litre petrol mill, and the renowned 1.3 litre Quadrajet diesel engine. You also get features like a driver information centre, a 2 DIN music system which supports Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering mounted controls, ABS, dual front airbags and color changing tacho needle. Add in a 2-year/75,000km warranty and it may just be your ideal first sedan.
Engine: 1.4 litre petrol / 1.3 litre diesel
Power: 90 PS @ 6000 rpm / 90 PS @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 116 Nm @ 4750 / 200 Nm @ 1750-3000 rpm
Price range: Rs. 502,564 – Rs. 710,921 (ex-showroom Delhi)