After so many sequels and reruns of their earlier very successful model, Tata Motors have resorted to the same tactics with their relatively new Tata Indica Vista. Yes, there is a new Vista rumored to be launched around the 30th of this month. Here is a quick preview of what to expect from the 2011 Tata Indica Vista in India.
Tata Motors have taken a leaf out of their own book and have just done the copy paste job with this car. They have put on the Manza’s face to this car and have infact narrowed down the entire look of this car to the same as the Manza. Just like the Manza, there is a chrome strip running across the bonnet. New fog lamps also adorn the front of this car. Still no turn indicators on the outside rear view mirrors though. The top of the line variant gets 15 inch alloys with the same pattern as the Limited Edition Vista or the Manza Elan. Now, that’s a pretty decent touch we would say. At the rear, its more of a smoked design for the tail lamps. This car overall has got a smoked effect, one which would give thoughts about rally cars or special edition ones, which actually is going to be a regular edition one after all.
Inside the car, the dash remains the same while certain elements about it have been changed in one way or the other. Electrical ORVMs make their presence felt as also do steering mounted controls. Moreover black and beige make up for the upholstery part. Overall, a much more cheerful Tata car cabin is what we can presume it would be. Quality has always been an issue with Tata cars, but they seem to have improved with each new iteration and the 2011 Vista wouldn’t disappoint for sure on this count is a given. The instruments binnacle would still have the center orientation. It is said that lots of chrome bling as also soft touch materials have been used on the inside to make this as upmarket as possible from its earlier version. Space, as always is a Tata forte and the Vista just about amplifies it, even though it has got compact dimensions.
About the power train, the company has left it untouched as they had recently shifted to BS4 norms and hence the usual upgrades were done. A choice of 4 engines and a single manual transmission would still be available, though there are rumors that Tata may bring in an automatic transmission sometimes later on next year. The steering wheel is said to now have variable assist with it being ultra light in parking speeds and weighing up appropriately once the speeds rise above a certain limit. As far as the NVH is concerned, Tata have showed what they can do with the eV2 Indica and the 2011 Vista certainly would up the standards as far as the lower level of NVH is concerned. Handling would also see a slight improvement with the new set of tyres and their ride height. Ride quality would also go one up than the earlier version and it is but natural to expect that this smaller Tata would be more soothing to the backbones of many. Another good thing that Tata Motors is said to have done is including many pockets and cubby holes in the cabin.
Another thing that Tata Motors have not added to their new Vista is the strange nomenclature that the earlier one came with. So now, no more of the Terra, Aquas and stuff. It is more down to simple things like LX, GX and ZX. Also the features which come in as options in many of the competing cars would be standard for the variant just above the base one. Its only things like airbags and ABS which would come in as standard on the top end variants. As far as the pricing goes, the 2011 Tata Indica Vista price in India would be approximately Rs 5-7k more than the existing prices of the 2010 variant. All these modifications are certain to make the tag of “More Car per Car” more digestible.