Tata Motors have been advertising rather heavily for their ‘freshened’ up Indica Vista over the last few weeks and have been asking everyone to go and surprise themselves on their website in a fun interactive manner so people can understand what all has been changed or modified. The Drivetech site didn’t really tell us how much of a change the Indica Vista has really undergone; apart from the major by-pass surgery in the form of a engine tweak (to meet the Bharat Stage-IV compliance) and a much better gearbox. And before we forget (since it’s not immediately noticeable to most), it’s also had a slight cosmetic update and is now known as the Indica Vista Drivetech4.
The Indica (including the first generation car) has always had a lot of good things going for it. To start with, it’s had lots of interior space, a very comfortable (if a little upright) seating position, great legroom both front and rear and excellent ingress & egress. The Vista added to this list much better powertrain, ride and handling which were miles ahead of the old car and much better levels of fit & finish (and features!) to the basic recipe. The new Indica Vista Drivetech4 looks similar, on the outside, like just another Indica Vista. It’s on the inside where things have changed for the better. The Drivetech4 has now got a few touches from its elder sibling, the Indigo Manza. There’s a new steering wheel, a new audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and of course now the Indica Vista Drivetech4 has the airbags and ABS added to its list making it a safer hatchback. Both the power trains; SAFIRE(petrol) and Quadrajet(diesel) have been worked upon to meet the recently enforced Bharat Stage-IV norms.
Get into the Indica Vista Drivetech4 and sit on the comfy seats (front seats have excellent lumbar support) and you’ll find lots of available space. You’ll also find that the driver’s seat is now height adjustable and this will no doubt, make it easier for shorter drivers to find a near perfect driving position. (No doubt, the adjustable steering also helps here!). The beige colour interiors, the matte-chrome centre console and the steering wheel in general remind us of the larger Indigo Manza. Of course, the Indica still retains the instrument cluster in the centre. The beige dash however, tends to reflect on the windscreen in harsh sunlight and it can be distracting whilst driving. Tata has moved up a notch in its fit and finish, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. On our press demonstrator, there was a colour mismatch on the door lock plastics, the gap between the dash panels (instrument cluster in particular) and the switches and the indicator and wiper stalks are very hard and not as well finished as one would expect in this day and age of plastics technology.