Indigo eCS LS Review
The Tata Indigo eCS which is the flagship compact sedan from the esteemed stables of Tata Motor Group has been introduced with some major cosmetic updates in the Indian car market. Also, this facelift version gets some technical updates, which makes it even better than its previous version. The company has updated all the existing variants of this compact sedan out of which Tata indigo eCS LS is the base diesel variant. Now the company claims that this facelifted Tata Indigo eCS compact sedan can produce a whopping 25 Kmpl of mileage, which is brilliant. The company has updated a total of eight models across five platforms along with the compact sedan model Tata Indigo eCS. With the launch of facelifted Tata Indigo eCS, the company will look to mark its presence in the compact sedan segment where Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is leading with maximum sales. This facelifted compact sedan gets a new design front grille along with a new design interior cabin that makes it look plush from both inside and out. On the other side, it has been equipped with a refined CR4 diesel engine, which is further assisted by an advanced F Type gearbox that brings out enhanced performance of the engine. Apart from this, the company has incorporated a new type of suspension system that enhances the stability of this compact sedan on all form of roads. This seems to be like a step to arrest its loosing market share in the Indian auto market. It will be interesting to see how this facelifted compact sedan will deal with the likes of Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze in the Indian automobile market.
One of the largest passenger car manufacturer in India, Tata Motors has done a quite a lot of changes to its flagship compact sedan. Its exterior design is refreshing with a lot of premium cues on its front facade. This Tata Indigo eCS LS is the entry level diesel trim but still it has got some changes on its decent body design. The company has blessed this compact sedan with a state-of-art exterior design that makes it look decent, which will certainly astound the customers. It gets a diamond shaped front radiator grille in chrome garnish, while the company logo has been incorporated on to it. While the design of the head lamp cluster has been changed with a new design smoked head lamp cluster turn indicators integrated on to it. Below this is the body colored bumper that has a air dam in the center, which helps in cooling the engine quickly. The side profile of this Tata Indigo eCS LS trim is very sleek and decent. The wheel arches of this entry level trim has been fitted with a 14 inch steel rims, which are further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R 14, which have a superior road grip. When it comes to the rear end, this entry level trim looks decent with a revamped tail lamp cluster. This Tata Indigo eCS LS variant is a compact sedan with an overall length of 3988mm, while the height is about 1620mm and it has a total height is at 1540mm.
The interior design of this facelifted compact sedan Tata Indigo eCS looks plush and elegant. The company has made some major changes to the interior cabin section of this entry level trim that makes it better than its previous version. This time around, the facelifted Tata Indigo eCS LS trim gets a very stylish dual tone interior cabin along with an advanced 'OCTA' instrument cluster. On the other side, the company has incorporated an Anti Acoustic chamber to this entry level compact sedan that will not allow noise reaching inside the cabin section. This entry level compact sedan gets a stylish four spoke power steering wheel, which is very responsive. Apart from this, the inside section of this sedan gets a premium fabric upholstery, theater dimming interior lights, front power outlet, vanity mirror on co-driver's side, coin and pen holder in glove box and several other features. This company sedan comes under four meter length but there is a huge space inside that can accommodate five passengers. Its impressive wheel base of 2450mm has helped the company to create a spacious interior cabin.
Engine and Performance:
This Indian auto major has refined the engine of this premium compact sedan Tata Indigo eCS LS to make it reliable and a fuel efficient four wheeler in its class. It has been equipped with an advanced 1.4-litre, four cylinder based common rail CR4 diesel engine that has the displacement capacity of 1396cc , which is quite good. This advanced CR4 diesel engine has the ability to churn out a 68.6bhp at 4000rpm and yields 140Nm of maximum torque output at 1800 to 3000rpm. It is further mated to a five speed F-Shift (TA65 cable shift) manual transmission gearbox, which enhances the fuel efficiency, power and performance of the facelifted Tata Indigo eCS LS trim. The company claims that this new compact sedan has the ability to give away a superior mileage of 25Kmpl, which is certainly impressive.
Braking and Handling:
These significant aspects are perhaps the most important functions for any car in its segment. This facelifted Tata Indigo ECS LS trim is equipped with a technically advanced braking and handling mechanism, which the company claims to be the best in class. The front wheels of this entry level compact diesel sedan has been fitted with ventilated disc brakes and its rear wheels have been equipped with drum brakes. Handling this compact sedan is rather easy for the driver because of the very responsive power steering integrated in it. Moreover, this new Tata Indigo eCS LS entry level trim gets a superior Duo Float suspension system that will keep this sedan stable and enhance the load distribution system along the constituent elements. Its front axle has been fitted with a McPherson strut type of suspension while its rear axle has been fitted with an independent 3-link McPherson Strut type of suspension, which is further assisted by an anti-roll bar type of mechanism.
There are quite a few safety features incorporated to this entry level compact sedan. Those safety aspects include central locking, LED high mounted stop lamp, collapsible steering, and child safety locks on rear doors.
This facelifted Tata Indigo ECS LS variant gets some impressive set of comfort and convenience features inside it. The company has incorporated comfort features like an air conditioner, power steering, front power windows, bottle holder on front door, adjustable front headrest, auto driver assist, remote boot and fuel lid opener, boot lamp, FR and RR cabin lights with 2 spot lights and several others.
Pros: Cabin section has been improved, mileage is good, price is attractive.
Cons: Not-so-impressive features, exteriors can be made better.