Jul 10, 2018
Tata Indica eV2 is a compact hatchback by the much renowned Tata Motors. Indica is an age-old product but the eV2 is its new guise. The exterior has been amended with a rear chrome garnish and electrically operated ORVMs on both sides which are mounted on the side blinkers. Adding to the visual appeal of the Indica eV2 are motorized clear lens headlamps, calear lens side indicator lamps, a triple-step chrome tip grille, 7-speed intermittent front wiper, body-coloured outer door handles along with a body-coloured bumper.The interiors are bi-tonal in Sahara Beige and Ebony Black. The centre console is metallic silver and the seats are partially clad with fabric. The steering wheel is Ebony Black and has four spokes. The dashboard is black again and the gear knob has a silver tip. The front cabin has some spot lights and a tachometer. There are ample storage spaces available in Indica eV2 such as magazine pockets and bottle holders. To enhance passenger safety, Indica eV2 comes equipped with features like keyless entry, central locking with remote, child safety lock on rear doors, a high-mounted stop lamp, front and rear for lamps, a collapsible steering, an engine immobilizer and 3-point ELR seat-belts for front seat passengers. Tata Indica eV2 is powered by a 1.4 l, 16?valved, Common Rail Direct Injection type Diesel engine with a capacity of 1396 cc. It generates a maximum power output of 69 bhp and gives a maximum torque yield of 140 Nm. It is exceptionally fuel?efficient and registers a spectacular mileage of 23 kmpl intracity and 27 kmpl on highways.
Dimensionally, Tata India eV2 measures 3.69m in length, 1.67m in width and is 1.48 m high. The exterior is simple and elegant. In two of the four variants available, the bumper is body-coloured and this lends the exterior a very smart apperance. The frontage is stylish with a smart chrome grille and radiant headlamps. The rear end has an impressive tail lamp cluster. Door rub rails, ORVMs, half-wheel covers and the chrome-plated hood make the hatchback look very enticing. The Outer Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are adjustable and the control is inside. Indica eV2 comes with 14” steel wheels and 165/65 R14-sized puncture-resistant radial tyres.
It is a time machine inside as the Indica takes back to nostalgic memories of how cars were initially. The interior layout also has been retained from earlier iterations but then this time they have been re-touched with better quality materials.The dashboard is done in ebony black and the vents on it have a bright aluminum finish. The seats too look smart with brighter fabric and decent cushioning. The front row seats and the rear row seats are comfortable. Space has always been a strong aspect in the Indica and the new cabin feels spacious too. Legroom is good for the front row while the rear might feel cramped. Headroom is generous.
The central console has a metallic silver finish and the same can be seen on the gear knob too. Mounted on the central console is the audio system which now comes with Bluetooth, AUX-in compatibility but it is not an efficient unit when operations are concerned. The music output is very poor especially if it’s compared to the one in Nano. In addition to features, the ORVMs too can be electrically controlled.
The instrumental cluster is very basic and has two trip reading options. It has a number of storage cabins inside. Be it the bottle holders on door trims or the grand luggage space in the boot. Overall, the functionality of the cabin is not strong but then spaciousness and roomy interiors clicks very well.
The bigger change in the eV2 is in the new diesel engine. The eV2 gets a new 1,396cc, CR4 common rail diesel engine. While being more frugal and BS IV compliant, the engine also offers big boosts to the power and torque it delivers. The engine, getting its boost from the addition of a turbocharger and an intercooler, now generates a healthy 70 PS of peak power at 4,000 rpm (about 30 per cent over the BS III version) and about 140 Nm of peak torque from as low as 1,800 rpm, which is a 65 per cent increase.
The new engine has retuned to offer ample support for city and highway driving, with most of the focus being on delivering more mileage, which is now claimed to be 24 per cent higher at 25 kmpl (as certified by ARAI). Improvements to the performance and driveability has also been achieved by tweaking the settings to the engine management system to calibrate various functions, based on feedback from an array of sensors such as the engine speed sensor, throttle position sensor and the gear sensor. Changes that the EMS effects are said to include valve timing, compression ratios and pressure volume ratios.
The engine block and piston assembly design has also been changed marginally to improve air intake and circulation of charge for better combustion. The resultant improvement is reflected in the loads of toque available at the low end. Also helping the eV2's slow speed performance are the taller gear ratios in the five-speed manual gearbox. I drove the car mostly in city conditions and the improved driveability is immediately evident, with fewer gear shifts and quicker acceleration in each slot. There is a bit of turbo-lag, but nothing too distracting.
Where the Indica does fare very well is the ride quality. The vehicle has been known for absorbing most of the bumps on the road and Tata Motors has now updated the suspension shifting to a dual path front suspension which enhances ride comfort slightly. The Indica gobbles up most of the bumps on the road with authority although low speed ride isn’t as comfortable with a bit of bouncyness being felt by rear seat passengers. The brakes offer decent stopping power but the pedal positioning needs a re-think as their placement is very odd.
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