- Launch Date: 14th October.
- Expected price: 6 to 7.5 Lakh, On Road.
The Specifications and Features of the Manza have been revealed. It will be available with a choice of two engine options at launch.
- Diesel – 1.3 litre, Quadrajet (from Linea), [email protected], 200Nm between 1750-3000 rpm. Hope that Tata has twaekd the gearing because the Linea with this engine suffers from turbo-lag.
- Petrol – 1.4 litre, Safire, [email protected], [email protected], also sourced from Fiat.
Creature Comforts: steering mounted audio controls, integrated MP3 player (probably with Microsoft’s ‘blue and me’ tech), electrically adjustable ORVM, tilt steering, height adjustable driver seat, Driver Information system.
- ABS and dual front airbags.
- Tyres: 185/60 R15 radial tubeless.
- Dimensions: 4413x1703x1550mm.
- Wheelbase: 2520mm.
- Boot-space: 490 litres.
Just a week before Tata plans to launch the Manza (new Indigo), Motoroids crew caught one in all its form and glory, undisguised on the outskirts of Pune. Looks are a completely subjective matter but, to my eyes, the Manza looks a bit disproportionate. It feels like the nose and the tail are following a completely different style. The front end has those big headlamps and that big convex grille, which makes it look taller while the rear is extremely plain with virtually no vertical relief that emphasizes the car’s width. Aesthetically the Manza may not be an absolute winner in its segment, but it definitely is a step up on the Indigo. In a bid to add a hint of stateliness, Tata have added five chrome slats in the honeycomb grille of the Vista to give the Manza its face. Tata has made good use of subtle chrome garnish all over the car to make it look more up-market, crucial to differentiate it from the Indigo’s taxi image.
We may not be big fans of the Manza’s overall appearance, but the Swift Dzire is no looker either. And if the latter can sell like hotcakes, the Manza holds every chance to bedazzle the value-seeking Indian customer with its comprehensive engine options and capacious interiors.
Tata Motors has put-up a teaser website to awaken intrest about the upcoming launch. Tata will most probably drop the Indigo tag and call it just ‘Manza’. The teaser photo of the interiors reveals that the Manza does not have the centrally mounted dials of the Vista. It is scheduled to be launched on October 14th by Mr. Ratan Tata.
As applies to every car that rolls out of Tata Motors factory, the Indigo Manza too will surpass its class by a huge margin in terms of in-cabin space and boot capacity, the legroom is rumored to be close to the Indigo XL. Pricing too will be characteristic of Tata cars, and the Manza will offer superb value for money. While the prices have not been announced as of now, it’ll be safe to assume that the Manza base petrol version will cost somewhere in the region of Rs 6 lakh, and the top of the line diesel variant will be priced at around Rs 7.5 lakh OTR Mumbai. Tata Hopes that the Manza will give stiff competition to its arch rival Maruti Dzire that has a waiting period running into months.
We are expecting decent kit levels in the higher-end variants of the two cars. Projector headlamps and steering mounted audio controls are two of the novel features. The Manza will be powered by the same engine powering the Fiat Linea. Petrol engine will be a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre 95bhp powerplant, while the diesel variant will be powered by the 1.3-litre 90 bhp turbo mill.
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Here’s the teaser photo of the interiors