Despite getting some visually appealing cosmetic upgrades on the outside and some funky gadgetry and media connectivity options on the inside, the flagship hatchback from the Tata brand manages to retain its modest purchase points with the petrol range now starting from Rs. 3.88 lakhs and the diesel versions from Rs. 4.79 lakhs
The arrival of the original Vista model from Tata Motors back in 2008 did well to peg the company’s presence in the then nascent premium hatchback space in India. With a look and feel that was certainly a notch above its Indica cousin, the Vista with its spacious interiors and nicely laid out central driver display became a car that gave the Indica brand something more than its widely accepted ‘taxi’ image in the country.
But while, the premium hatchback has so far done well to win the hearts of many in its homeland, the hour of its refurbishment was anticipated by many. And so, Tata Motors has now introduced its new generation Vista model, which having received upgrades in all of its key areas, now makes it an even worthier competitor amongst other hatches in its class.
Sporty alloy wheels and the new triple barreled head lamp on the new version, along with its new front chrome grill and overall chrome package incorporates the same styling formula that makes the Tata Manza look so good. With refreshing new interiors that exude the Manza’s signature style, Tata has come close to matching the experience of a sedan in its newly facelifted Vista.
But this in turn has added a host of new driver friendly features to the Vista, that now includes a handy new tilt adjustable 4-spoke steering wheel with mounted audio controls. USB, Bluetooth and Auxiliary input connectvity options are also welcome upgrades on the new car. Electrically operated outer rear view mirrors and AC controls definitely add to the new Vista’s style and convenience.
Already available with great engine options for both the petrol and diesel versions, the power in the new Vista will continue to pump through its globally successful 1.3 litre Quadrajet diesel engine and its 1.4 litre MPFi Safire petrol engine. Fuel efficiency now moves a notch higher on the new car, with proposed figures of 22.3 kmpl for diesel and 16.7 kmpl for petrol.
Four top of the line safety & security features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, crumple zones and side intrusion beams complete safety of the passengers. Features like an engine immobilizer and remote keyless entry will come as standard.
Now available in a new signature color, Summer Sparkle, the new range of Tata Indica Vistas’ will be available at all Tata Motors dealerships from September 1, 2011, and will sell in 4 trim levels:
LS/ GLS (base version)
ZX/ GZX (top-end version)
Competitively priced between Rs. 3.88 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Safire petrol range and Rs. 4.79 lakhs for the Quadrajet diesel range (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new range of Vista models are sure to tighten Tata’s armour in the country’s small car market.