The Tata Indica Vista is the second generation Tata Indica which was released to the market in 2008 in India. This model does not come as a facelift of the Indica. It is built on its own platform and it comes with its own design and is every much different from the Indica. The Indica Vista is a product by Tata Motors, which car maker was established in the year 1945. Tata first produced its first locomotive in 1954 in partnership with Daimler-Benz AG; which partnership ended in 1969. Tata is rated India’s largest automobile company and has been is a leading player in the manufacture of commercial vehicles and it stands among the top three automobile makers of passenger vehicles. Tata is placed as the world’s 4th largest truck manufacturer.
This model of the Indica Vista is also known as the Tata Vista or Tata Vista Ego. It comes as a 5-door hatchback which offers on option of three engine. The Indica Vista provides a 1.2 L engine capable of 48kW, and a 1.4 L turbodiesel engine capable of a maximum power of 53kW; a 1.3 L Multijet which can generate a maximum of 56kW. The Indica Vista runs on one transmission option, which is the 5-speed manual gearbox. It comes with a wheelbase of 2470mm, a length of 3795mm and a width of 1695mm. The Tata Indica Vista is related to the Tata Indigo Manza, Fiat Linea and Fiat Punto. It is a design of Tata Motors.
Two models are provided to the local South African market by Tata South Africa; which are the INI and IGNIS models. The INI model makes use of 1.4 L engine which is capable of a maximum power of 55kW and maximum torque of 114Nm. The IGNIS model runs on a similar engine - a 1.4 L engine, using 4 cylinders, with multi point injection system. This engine can generate a maximum power of 65kW and a maximum torque of 116Nm at 4750 rpm. This Indica Vista is a front wheel drive, which makes use of the Synchromesh with overdrive 6-speed transmission – 5 forward and 1 forward. The front suspension of the Indica Vista takes on the independent MacPherson strut with coil spring and the rear adopts the semi-independent, twist beam with coil spring and shock absorber. The two models both provide for a 5 seating – 2 front and 3 at the back. The models run on a 44 liter fuel tank; and the INI model has a kerb weight of 1030kg and the IGNIS records a kerb weight of 1055kg.
Convenience in the car is courtesy of such features as the power steering and power windows, while comfort is provided by such lavish features as the aircon, front & rear fog lights, the tilt adjustable steering and height adjustable seats for the driver and co-driver. The Vista is quite sleek and stylish, taking on the style from the body colored bumpers on models, the full wheel caps and the dual tone dashboard. Entertainment for the IGNIS comes in the form of the 2 din integrated radio with four speakers and USB port, with the Bluetooth connectivity also on offer as standard for the IGNIS model.
Safety and security is provided by the driver & passenger airbags, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) all features being found on the IGINIS, while the INI models comes with such standard features as the collapsible steering, side intrusion bars, engine immobilizer, crumple zones, child lock on rear doors and remote keyless entry; all features being standard on the IGINIS model. A warranty of 3 years/ 100,000km is offered together with the service plan of 4 years/ 100,000km. A roadside assistance package of 3 years/unlimited mileage is also offered in order to make ownership comfortable in terms of costs of maintenance.