Tata Indica V2 was launched with a updated 1.4-L petrol and diesel engines; a turbocharged diesel engine was introduced in October 2005; a 1.2-L petrol engine in November 2006, and a direct injection common rail (DICOR) diesel version of Indica V2 was launched in January 2008.
When first launched, the Indica prompted many complaints that the vehicle did not deliver horsepower and gas mileage as promised. In response to the customer complaints, Tata Motors re-engineered the internals of the car and launched it as Indica V2 (version 2) which solved most of the complaints and emerged as one of the most sought-after cars in the Indian automobile industry. Later, it was again updated, now marketed as the “Refreshingly New Indica V2”. This was followed by the next variant of Indica, current in early 2008, called the Indica V2 Xeta Petrol. In Indian city conditions, fuel economy can drop to about 10 km/L (about 23.5 mpg U.S., 10 L/100 km).
Since the V1 and V2, which were visually identical, Tata had applied styling updates to the Indica in 2004, 2007 and 2012.
Price & Variants:
In India, three versions were available with different trim levels. The car is available in 4 variants i.e. L, LE, LS, LX. All the variants are Manual.
- Indica V2 – 1.4-L diesel (naturally aspirated engine (NA) in the DLE and DLS; turbocharged option in the DLS (TC); turbocharged and intercooled (TCIC Engine) DLG and DLX; DiCOR engine offered in the DLS and DLG)
- Indica V2 Petrol – 1.4-L petrol MPFI with Hitachi ECU called Indica 2000, 1.2-L and 1.4-L petrol with Bosch ECU (Indica Xeta), 1.2-L LPG (GLE and GLS versions only)
- Indicab – 1.4-L naturally aspirated diesel (DL and DLE), a low-price car with the same framework but fewer features and luxuries, aimed at cab and contract transport business fleets. It is popular among transport business people.
Tata Indica V2 price starts at ₹ 3.78 Lakh and goes up to ₹ 5.22 Lakh. The price of Diesel variant for Indica V2 ranges between ₹ 3.78 Lakh – ₹ 5.22 Lakh. Tata offer the car in two different Colors which are Mint White & Jet Silver.
1. Dimension & Capacity:
Indica V2 is hatchback with 5 doors Framework. Its dimensions are
Length: 3690 mm Boot Space: 220 L
Width: 1665 mm Wheel Base: 2400 mm
Height: 1485 mm Kerb Weight: 1080 Kg
The slightly higher-than-average net weight makes for a slightly more comfortable ride compared to lighter cars. The car has 165 mm Unladen Ground Clearance and a fuel tank is about 37.0 L.
2. Engine Performance:
The Tata Indica V2 has 2 Diesel Engine, 1 Petrol Engine and 1 CNG Engine on offer. The Diesel engine is 1396 cc and 1405 cc, the Petrol engine is 1193 cc while the CNG engine is 1193 cc. It is available with the Manual transmission. Depending upon the variant and fuel type the Indica V2 has a mileage of 16.84 to 25.0 kmpl.
|Engine Displacement||1396 cc & 1405 cc||1193 cc|
|Engine Description||CR4 Diesel Engine, CRDi, DOHC||1.2 L Petrol Engine, MPFi, SOHC|
|Maximum Power||69 bhp@4000rpm||64.4 bhp@5000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||140 Nm@1800-3000rpm||99.8 Nm@2700rpm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual||5-Speed Manual|
|Top Speed||155 Kmph||138 Kmph|
3. Brakes & Suspension:
Tata Indica V2 has got Ventilated Disc on Front and Drum Brakes on the rear side.
Front Ventilated Disc
Suspension systems in the Indica V2 are moderately fine. It has Independent, Wishbone Type McPherson Strut, and Antiroll Bar Suspension on front. The rear suspension is Independent, Semi Trailing Arm with Coil Spring Mounted on Hydraulic Shock Absorbers.
The Indica V2 is all settled with a Power Steering in a Collapsible column. With the Rack & Pinion type gear, the car is a successful super-mini hatchback. The turning Radius is 4.9 meters.
5. Comfort & Convenience:
Of course you won’t get supreme comfort features in a budget super-mini. The Tata Indica V2 delivers moderate comfort and it is convincing in certain aspects. It’s a super-mini; so you’ll obviously get vast space compare to its price. The car mounted with comfort features like Remote Controlled Trunk and Fuel Lid Opener, Warning Light. The car allows you to increase boot space by folding Rear seats.
Step inside the car and its age becomes evident all the more. The dashboard layout is basic and still needs quality improvements, the ergonomics are just about okay, and the overall fit and finish. The dual tone interior scheme does promise to liven things up a bit, but what’s appreciable here is the presence of space. If a car in this segment is described as humongous on the inside, it has to be the Indica. It’s comfortable for both tall and short and 220 liters of boot space can hold a good amount of luggage too!
What the Indica lacks in quality, it makes up in terms of space. If you plan to settle for the LX variant, then you would get a 2-speaker music system, ready with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-input, CD and Radio playback. It comes with a remote too. Also, since Indica’s dashboard design remains very much the same as it was when launched, the little digital clock still finds its way on the dashboard.
Back in the year 1998, when it was launched, it made a mark of its own. It didn’t look bad back then. At present, the vehicle is offered with clear-lens headlamps, an unmistakable smiling grille, and a neat looking bumper on the front. Moving to the sides, the car no longer comes with the added over-fenders that it once sported. The rear too now gets clear-lens tail lamps; Use of chrome on the radiator grille and on the hatchback door looks nice without being too loud. Both LS and LX variants get body colored bumpers, but there still are things where the LX (being the higher spec variant) gets exclusive stuff.
The wheel size on both the V2 and eV2 is 13-inch while the eV2 LX (the most expensive and loaded version of Indica) can be had with 14-inch wheels. Talking about wheels, the wheel caps look just about okay and Tata doesn’t offer alloy wheels on any of the variants. What the company does offer is things like electrically adjustable OVRMs with side blinkers, body colored door handles, front fog lamps on the LX variant.
Braking on the Tata Indica is taken care of by ventilated disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear. The setup does its job but Tata could have offered ABS as an option at least. Talking about safety, the vehicle relies on its structure and impact beams alone for safety. The steering is collapsible and you do get 3-point seat belts, but much like ABS, airbags are absent from the options list too. On the security front, the top-spec LX variant gets remote-locking, engine immobilizer, and keyless entry.
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