TATA Indica Motoring Review
The Indica comes as a hatchback which is TataÂ€Â™s first passenger vehicle. The Indica was first released in the year 1998 and is classified as a super-mini car with front wheel drive. The first generation Indica is also known as the Tata Indicab and Tata B-line in South Africa. It is a 5-door hatchback which comes with the option of seven engine variants; which are the 1.2 liter engine and five variants of the 1.4 liter engine. This model makes use of one transmission option which is the 5-speed manual.
The second generation has been in production from the year 2008 and is the current model. It is also known as the Tata Indica V3, Tata Vista and Tata Vista Ego. This model provides a portfolio of three engine options for all of its markets. The engine line up consists of the 1.2 litre which can generate a maximum of 53kW, a 1.3 litre engine with the capability of 56kW and the 1.4 litre turbodiesel engine capable of the 53kW.
Two models are available from Tata Motors South Africa. These are the Indica LSi and the Indica LXi. Both models make use of a 1.4 litre engine, with the LSi model being capable of a maximum power of 55.2 kW and maximum torque of 110Nm while the LXi makes 63kW/ 115 Nm. The model makes use of the similar transmission on the B-line, which is the 5-speed with overdrive ratio. The exterior of the Indica takes on the 13 inch wheels on the LSi and 14 inch wheels on the LXi. This hatchback provides a luggage space of 220 litres up to rear seat backrest and 610 litres with folded rear seats. The safety and security of the Indica relies on modern advanced features which provide reliability features such as the driver and passenger airbag, ABS with Eletronic Brakeforce Distribution and the remote operated selective central locking; which features appear on the LXi model only. The LSi model comes with such standard safety and security features as the adjustable head restraints for front seats, rear head restraints, collapsible steering column, front, side & rear crumple zones, front & rear fog lamps and internally adjustable headlamps. For security, the Indica provides the remote immobilizer and side intrusion beams.
The interior of the hatchback provides comfort and convenience from the many features which include the power steering for easy handling and control, the aircon for a fresh interior, remote release for tailgate and fuel filler cap. The vehicle provides entertainment from the optional CD front loader and it also comes with an internal antenna for radio connectivity. The Indica is refined in design and this is demonstrated by such artwork as the cubic printed console finish, sill valence cover, door rub nails and time delay internal light.
The Tata Indica comes with a warranty of 3 year/ 100,000km, Roadside Assistance of 2 year/ unlimited mileage and a service plan of 2 year/ 45,000km.