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The Indica story gets better

autos Updated: Aug 22, 2008 21:42 IST
Suprotip Ghosh

Tata Motors (TML) has borrowed the names of the primary elements for their newest offering, the Tata Indica Vista. The new car upgrading Tatas’ decade-old Indica platform, would be offered in one petrol version, the Terra, and two diesel variants, the Aqua and the top-end, fittingly named Aura.

The Vista, codenamed V3, is Tata's latest offering in a market which is moving up from basic, 800 cc hatchbacks to larger, more feature-packed hot hatches.

An industry official said that the Aura and the Aqua would be fitted with Fiat’s 1.3 litre QuadraJet common rail direct injection diesel, a variant of the powertrain that drives the Maruti Suzuki Swift. The Terra, the base version, would have the Safire Multi-Point fuel injection (MPFI) engine.

The Terra would be launched at a price band of 4 to 5.5 lakh while the Aura could cost between Rs 5.5 and Rs 7 lakh, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tata Motors did not confirm the prices. “The new Indica will be launched tomorrow (August 23), which is when we will share details,” a company spokesman said in an e-mail.

The Indica V3 was unveiled at the ninth Auto Expo in New Delhi.

It is built on a completely new platform, which shares nothing with the existing Indica. The names have been borrowed from the names of five elements in Indian mythology, a source pointed out.

The new version is bigger than the previous Indica, it is 3,795 mm (149.4 in) long with a wheelbase of 2,470 mm. The engines would be produced in the Ranjangaon plant owned by the Tata-Fiat joint venture.

The new Vista would take on Maruti Suzuki’s Swift and Skoda’s new Fabia. The Swift, a hot hatch, has till June 2008, sold more than 10 lakh units globally since its launch in May 2005. The Indica Vista would target this segment, which has grown phenomenally, led by the Swift, said sources.