(This entry was originally uploaded on May 2009.)
When it comes to Indian small car, the name Maruti Suzuki automatically comes to one’s mind because Maruti Suzuki is the most popular small car in
The Tata Indica is a five-door hatchback vehicle produced by Tata Motors. It is the first passenger car produced by the company and the first car that is entirely developed in
The exterior of Tata Indica was designed by an Italian design house named I.DE.A Institute under contract with heavy interaction with Tata’s own design team. The engine of the car was entirely produced in
Here are some of the major features of Tata Indica:
- The Tata Indica had power steering.
- The Tata Indica came with heater, ventilation, and air conditioning.
- The Tata Indica came with turbocharger and intercooler.
- The Tata Indica had alloy wheels.
- The Tata Indica had power windows.
- The Tata Indica came with central- locking system with remote-controlled entry.
- The Tata Indica had alloy pedals.
- The Tata Indica came with tacho meter (not available in all models).
- The Tata Indica came with child lock on rear doors (not available in all models)
- The Tata Indica came with powerful fog lamps.
- The Tata Indica came with beige/black interiors.
- The Tata Indica had ventilated disc brakes.
- The Tata Indica had tinted windshields.
- The Tata Indica had audio warning system. For example, it had driver/passenger seat belt warning and door open warning.
- The Tata Indica had night adjust rear view mirror
- The Tata Indica had rear spoiler with integrated LED stop lamp
- The Tata Indica came with 4 spoke steering wheel.
- The Tata Indica had chrome tip on silencer and chrome lining on grill and bonnet.
Tata Indica in foreign markets:
Three years after its launch, Tata Indica was exported to European markets for the first time. From 2003, a badge engineered version of Tata Indica was sold in
After its launch, Tata received many complaints about Tata Indica. The car failed to live up to its promise such as horsepower and gas mileage. So, Tata Motors then re-engineered the car and launched as Indica V2 which solved many of the problems and went on to become one of the most sought after cars. The first Tata Indica V2 came with 1.4 litre petrol and diesel engines.
In 2001, a compressed natural gas version of Indica V2 Xeta was launched. It was offered through OEM Bedini Kits by Shrimanker Gas Services India. Tata received numerous complaints against the car and later organized a systematic recall. Tata then equipped those cars with new equipments including a lamda sensor / electronic control unit, bedini emulator and new wiring harness which had been approved and tested by both TATA and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
In October 2005, a turbo-charged diesel engine version was introduced. In November 2006, Tata Indica V2, with a 1.2 litre petrol engine, was introduced. In January 2008, a DiCOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) diesel version was introduced. This new version of Tata Indica V2 comes with 16 valves, double overhead camshafts, a variable geometry turbocharger, intercooler.
Later, the Indica V2 was again updated. Currently, the Indica V2 is marketed as the “Refreshingly New Indica V2.” In early 2008, Indica V2 Xeta Petrol was launched.
Length: 3,795 mm
Wheelbase: 2,470 mm
The Tata Indica Vista was unveiled at the 9th Auto Expo in
The electric version of the Tata Indica is scheduled to be released in