Vista Goes Electric


Tata Indica, when launched 10 years ago, was the first “true” Indian hatch. It has come a long way since but the recent auto expo showed us a new version, not just mere face lifts but more powerful engines, bigger, better interiors and improved quality. First launched in 1998, the Indica model has achieved leadership in its class and became the second largest selling model in the segment this year, notching up a sale of 144,690 units in 2007-2008. So far, 1.12 million Indica cars have rolled out.

Now, Tata has come up with Electric Variant of Indica Vista – The Indica Vista EV. Powered by super polymer lithium-ion batteries, the Indica Vista EV will offer performance that’s superior to most electric cars available on the market today. According to Tata Motors, the Vista EV will be able to accelerate from zero to 60km/h in under 10 seconds and will have a range of up to 200km on a single charge of its batteries. Indica Vista EV sports dynamic and flowing lines which distinguishes it from the previous generation Indica. Except for the name and the layout everything seems different. If the new sweeping headlamp cluster fails to catch your attention, then the chrome handles is sure to catch everyone’s eye. Tata has intentionally retained the family look and the new Indica vista is a clear evolution of the Indica. A new central character line on the bonnet gives character to the car. The all new grille with new striking pedal shaped headlamps gives the Indica vista a more upmarket look.

As most of you may remember, Tata unveiled the new Indica during the Auto Expo 2010. It looks like a grown up and better looking Indica. This now looks like a proper supermini. The winged shape headlight cluster looks striking and the crease on the bonnet gives it a unique identity. The side profile is more rounded than before but the core DNA of the original Indica remains. There is not much change in side and rear profile of the car. The top end variant Indica vista aura gets a big wheels and body colored handles. However the full length pillar mounted tail lamp is an eyesore. But more than the exteriors, the interiors of new Indica Vista will be more exciting. The Indica Vista EV will be produced by Tata Motors in association with the Norway-based Miljo Grenland/Innovasjon, in which Tata Motors’ UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc, has a 70% stake. This car is recently on sale in Europe this year, and may come to India by second-half of this year.