Tata Motors is among the leading automobile producing companies in India. For over seven decades, the organization has been a trusted name in the auto industry. Known for manufacturing advanced vehicles that are priced reasonably, Tata has many ardent fans.
It is revered for producing a range of cars, including hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, and much more.
The Tata Indica is one of the most popular cars produced by the company and has reaped great profits for it. This hatchback was introduced way back in the year 1998 and is still going strong. It was the first passenger coupe from the house of the ace automobile giant. Within two years of its launch, the vehicle became the number one car in the hatchback segment. Its popularity led the company to start exporting it to the European market.
However, the growth path has not been easy for the car and its manufacturer. Initially, the company faced criticism and the buyers were not satisfied by the coupe’s performance. The manufacturer took the necessary steps to rectify the problems and subsequently launched a new version – the Indica V2 (version 2). Later, the vehicle got another facelift and was known as the V2 Xeta Petrol. This model mustered 70 PS of power and guaranteed a fuel efficiency of 14 km/litre.
The second generation of the automobile, the Indica Vista was unveiled at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi. This model was built on a totally new platform and was very different from the earlier one. It was larger in size and came with a wheelbase of 2,470 mm. When launched it was given two fiat engines – 1.2 L Safire MPFI VVT petrol and 1.3 L Quadrajet common rail direct injection diesel. It also had a 1.4 L TDi mill which was discontinued due to non compliance to norms.
The current diesel version of the Indica comes with a 1.4L CR4 engine which promises a great mileage of 25 KMPL. The other significant features include Duo Float Suspension, spacious interiors, electrically operated ORVM with side blinkers, powerful music system with Bluetooth, and much more.
The eV2 model of the coupe is one of the most fuel-efficient ones in its segment. The 1396 cc CNG mill musters 55 BHP power at 5200 RPM and the 1396 cc Diesel engine yields 69 BHP at 4000 RPM.
Though, Tata has produced many other popular cars, but till date, none of them could match the popularity of this hatchback. For almost 17 years, the vehicle has been ruling the hearts of many Indians, and we expect it to do so in the future too.