Model upgrades have become a regular affair in the Indian auto space, which to specifically point out is undergoing a bit a lull. Therefore in order to keep customers involved and with the growing competition from Maruti and Honda, Tata motors recently launched an entire gamete of their existing line up of vehicles in their upgraded avatars, out of which today we bring for you the ‘New Indigo eCS’ in its more glamorous appeal.
Falling under the sub four metre category, this is not the first time that we are actually driving the eCS. In fact with stiff competition from the likes of Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze, it was time that Tata motors did something about this particular machine.
Well now that we have the New Indigo eCS right in front of us, one can say that it bears a couple of cosmetic and mechanical changes.
Talking of exteriors, the new eCS features a redesigned front end that provides substantial amount of chrome in the form of a diamond shaped grille, surrounds for fog lamps, while the rear caters to a garnish running across the boot lid. To provide an element of character, the presence of smoked headlamps further brings out the premium qualities of this sedan from within.
While the sides feature chrome highlighted side strips, 14 inch alloy wheels, body coloured door handles and side view mirrors with indicator inserts. Rest the rear profile is the same as earlier with elegant looking tail lamps and a dual colour bumper with reverse sensors, which are being offered as standard fitment on the high end variant (VX).
To give customers an enriching experience, the cabin has been given a couple of upgrades. The most significant is the introduction of octagonal shaped dials incorporated within the instrument cluster that makes the console look very sporty.
Dual tone interiors (black & beige) further enhance the cabin experience, so does the fact that the quality of plastics are definitely better than before.
Another change is the inclusion of a four spoke steering wheel instead of the previous three spoke which is now bigger and provides a softer feel, plus is very comfortable while driving. The presence of a sleek audio system with the facility of a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity further enhance the in house experience. To point out, the top variant in this case comes with a cooled glove box, driver’s automatic power window down feature apart from elements like cup holders, which can be found in abundance throughout the cabin.
Comfort factor in regards to seats is the same as before with ample of head, leg and shoulder room. This is one of the main reasons why the Indigo eCS is one of the best preferred options for the travel and tourism industry. The new refurbished interiors definitely provide the eCS with much more substance that would enable it take competition head on.
Engine & Transmission
This is one area where things really brighten up for this sub 4 metre sedan. The 1396cc Common Rail CR4 engine which was already a good performer, has further been refined so to provide better fuel economy than many of its competitors. On paper, it produces a maximum power output of 69bhp with 140 Nm of torque. Introduction of F-Shift Gearbox (5 speed manual) does make gear shifting easy, however pitching them into the right slots still remains an issue. On the whole, this diesel unit is pretty happy revving and can provide a top speed of 150kmph on the highway.
On the positive side, a lot has changed from the last time we drove this machine. To begin, the NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) levels have improved as the engine cannot be heard within the cabin unless revved really hard. Reworked dampers both in the front as well as the rear ensure a smoother ride, as the vehicle can absorb small and medium size potholes and broken surfaces with utter ease.
From a driver’s perspective, the latest generation features a lighter clutch in comparison to its predecessor, which is good thing as one does not feel the fatigue on long drives. With ABS being offered as a standard fitment on the VX variant, one is reassured of positive braking within the city as well as the highway. Throw is around curves and bends, the new Tata Indigo eCS handles fairly well.
Considering that the New Indigo eCS comes at a price tag of Rs 5.89 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi), it is much more glamorous than before by way of its looks, interior features that enhance overall user experience.
Then an improved drivability factor and performance put it at par with other names like Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire.
For those who seek a sub-4 metre sedan which provides both practicality and comfort, then the Indigo eCS is not a bad option at all.