Tata Indica is one of the most popular hatchback from the stables of Tata Motors, which comes in diesel and CNG fuel options to choose from. This hatch is available in quite a few variants and Tata Indica eV2 eLX is their top end trim. It has impressive exteriors, which include a well designed headlight cluster, ORVMs with side blinker, bumper with a pair of fog lamps and so on. Currently, this hatchback is available in four exterior paint options, which are Mint White, Jet Silver, Spanish Tan and Sea Blue finish for the buyers to select from. On the other hand, the internal cabin has a lot of comfort features, which gives the occupants a plush feel, while travelling. The list of some important features includes an AC unit with a heater, an advanced music system, multi-functional steering wheel and several other aspects. It is equipped with a 1.4-litre diesel engine that can displace 1396cc. It has the ability to churn out 69bhp along with 140Nm of peak torque output. With the help of a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, this hatchback can return a decent mileage. On the highways, it gives close to 25 Kmpl, while in the city limits it can generate about 21.3 Kmpl that is rather decent for this segment. The braking mechanism of this variant is quite efficient. Its front and rear wheels with ventilated disc and drum brakes respectively.
This trim has an inviting exterior appearance along with several striking features. To begin with the frontage, it has a stylish triple step chrome garnished radiator grille, which is flanked by well shaped motorized clear lens head lamps. This grille is embedded with a prominent company badge in the center. Just below this is the body colored bumper that has a wide air dam for cooling the engine quickly. It is also surrounded with a pair of fog lamps, which adds to better visibility. The large front windscreen is integrated with a set of speed intermittent wipers. Its side profile is sleekly designed with body colored outside rear view mirrors, which are fitted with side blinkers. Then it also has clear lens side turn indicators and body colored outer door handles. The neatly carved wheel arches are equipped with a robust set of 13 inch steel wheels , which are covered with 155/80 R13 sized tubeless radial tyres. The rear end of this hatch is fitted with features like a body colored bumper with a couple of fog lamps, tail light cluster, high mounted stop lamps, chrome strip on boot lid and a few other aspects. It comes with an overall length of 3690mm and a total width of 1665mm along with a decent height of 1485mm. It is designed with a large wheelbase of 2400mm and 165mm of minimum ground clearance. At the same time, it has a 220 litres of boot compartment and we can store about 37 litres diesel in its fuel tank as well.
The interiors of this Tata Indica eV2 eLX trim are quite comfortable and is packed with a lot of features. The dashboard has an ebony black shade, while the center console is garnished with silver metallic color scheme that gives the interiors a plush appearance. Then it also has a four spoke steering wheel, body colored inside door handles and silver accentuated gear shift knob. It is equipped with well cushioned seats , which are covered with fabric upholstery and provide ample space for all the occupants. Other utility based aspects include magazine pockets with bottle holders, rear parcel shelf, a large glove box, front cabin lights along with spot light, 12V power socket for charging electronic devices and remote fuel lid opener.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is equipped with a 1.4-litre, CR4 diesel power plant, which is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves . This double overhead camshaft based motor can displace about 1396cc and has the ability to generate 69bhp at 4000rpm along with a maximum torque output of 140Nm between 1800 to 3000rpm. It is skillfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which distributes the engine power to its front wheels. This hatchback can attain a top speed of 137 Kmph and crosses the 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in close to 22.4 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
This hatchback is affixed with a vacuum assisted independent dual circuit diagonal split hydraulic braking mechanism with tandem master cylinder. The front wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes , while the rear gets a set of solid drum brakes. On the other hand, it has duo float suspension mechanism, which keeps it well balanced at all times. The front axle is assembled with independent lower wishbone McPherson strut. Whereas the rear axle is fitted with an independent semi-trailing arm, which is further assisted by hydraulic shock absorbers along with coil springs. This variant is blessed with a rack and pinion based steering system, which is tilt adjustable and supports a minimum turning radius of 4.9 meters.
This Tata Indica eV2 eLX variant is blessed with an advanced HVAC unit. It is incorporated with an audio unit that features CD/MP3 player, Radio (AM/FM), USB interface, Aux-in port and Bluetooth connectivity along with two speakers. The advanced instrument panel is equipped with a digital tachometer, low fuel warning light, digital clock, tripmeter and other such aspects. In addition to these, it is bestowed with a power steering, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, power outlet in front console, 2-way adjustable front seat headrests along with lumbar support .
The list of safety features include a central locking system with remote, front and rear fog lamps, keyless entry, rear doors with child safety lock, an engine immobilizer, collapsible steering column, 3-point ELR seat belts for all occupants and rear windscreen with high mounted stop lamp.
1. Decent fuel efficiency.
2. After sales service is good.
1. Lesser ground clearance.
2. Many more safety and comfort features can be added.