Only yesterday we brought to you the leaked brochure and images of the new Tata Indica Vista. The Indian car major has today officially revealed the car. Interestingly the press release reads ‘the new Tata Vista’ seems like the company wants to distance the Vista from the Indica nametag. We saw a similar practice last time as well when we went to sample the Indica Vista 90. The company requested us to not quote the Vista as Indica, call it just Vista.
Getting back to the topic, Tata Motors are claiming that the new Vista delivers ‘a sedan-like experience’. That’s taking things a bit too far but yeah, we do understand that the indica is, as it always has been one of the most capacious hatchbacks that have seen the light of the day in India. The new range will be available at Tata Motors dealerships from September 1, 2011.
The new Tata Vista comes with a new front chrome grill, complemented with a new triple barreled head lamp. The new headlight is claimed to have improved visibility in low-light conditions. The car has generous chrome package on the exteriors, sporty new alloy wheels and a new signature color, Summer Sparkle. A mirror polished garnishing below the rear windshield is another new inclusion.
From the inside the dash board and door pads are done in a new material. The 4-spoke steering wheel now sports audio controls, which controls a fully integrated 2-DIN music system. It offers connectivity via USB, Auxiliary input and Bluetooth using what Tata Motors call the Blue 5 technology that helps pair upto 5 mobile phones. Outer rear view mirrors can be adjusted electrically using the joystick on the driver side door pad. The HVAC controls too are now electrically operated.
The steering wheel is tilt adjustable and the driver’s seat is height adjustable. Driver’s seat now also features Lumbar support. In the rear, the 60:40 flip and fold rear seat makes room for luggage.
The car will be powered by 1.3 litre common rail direct injection Quadrajet diesel engine and 1.4 litre MPFi Safire petrol engine with variable valve timing technology. The diesel engine delivers 75PS of max power at 4000 RPM, while the petrol engine delivers max power of 90PS at 6000RPM. The new Tata Vista delivers a mileage of 22.3 kmpl for diesel and 16.7 kmpl for petrol.
The other major addition is the Clutch-to-Start feature which ensures that one cannot crank the engine unless the clutch is fully pressed, hence there is no risk of re-crank if engine is on.
Other driveability pleasures include:
• Lower pedal clutch effort and smoother clutch operation.
• Improvement in braking efficiency by 15% owing to the bigger brake booster.
• Lighter and more responsive steering
• Smoother gear shift due to improved shift mechanism.
ABS with EBD, dual airbags, crumple zones and side intrusion beams complete the safety net. Engine immobilizer and remote keyless entry are additional features.
The Tata Vista will come in 4 trim levels- LS/ GLS (base version), LX/ GLX, VX/ GVX and ZX/ GZX (top-end version) and will be offered in 6 colors, Summer Sparkle, Porcelain White, Arctic Silver, Spice Red, Brilliant Blue and Cavern Grey.
The new Tata Vista, prices start from Rs. 3.88 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Safire petrol range base model and from Rs. 4.79 lakhs for the Quadrajet diesel range (ex-showroom, Delhi).