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Design Review of Tata Indica Vista (2011) ZX Quadrajet BS4
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The Vista gets a mid-life makeover and moves towards a classier stance to attract premium buyers | Photography - Eshan Shetty
The Tata Indica range has seen a lot of changes in the last decade. One major change, though, was the introduction of a bigger sibling – the Indica Vista. The Vista itself has gone through some upgrades in the past – and continues to do so even today – in typical Tata fashion. What we have reviewed here is the new Vista facelift which, as Tata claims, has improved further on an already robust product.
With the new Vista facelift, Tata plans to offer a ‘sedan class’ experience. Therefore, the new Vista gets upgraded style, performance and entertainment to match up to a sedan. To help their customers draw easy comparisons, the Vista’s sedan-inspiration comes from its portfolio sibling, the Indigo Manza. The most striking difference on the facelift Vista then comes in the form of the new front fascia. It borrows all the vital elements from the Manza to evoke better style and a classier stance.
First-up are the triple-barrel headlights which make the Vista look a tad more aggressive and also provide better illumination. Next in line is the chrome grille which still retains its ‘smiley’ form. The ‘T’ logo on the grille has grown bigger and features a unique ‘T-weave’ mesh for its background. The front bumper gets restyled, longer air-dams with integrated chrome surrounded fog lights.
Adding a classy touch (and even more chrome) are the rub rails on the front bumper (see detail) and doors, the window strips and the body coloured door handles (see detail). From the side profile, the new Vista is exactly similar to the outgoing one – which means that the wheel wells are still too big for the tiny wheels that the Vista is shod with. We would have loved to see 16-inch wheels, purely from a design perspective, but 15-inchers should be a good balance between design and ride comfort. The current model comes with 14-inch dual-tone alloy wheels on the top-end variants while the base and mid-range trims get 13-inch steel rims with decently designed wheel caps.
The new Vista’s tailgate gets quite a few upgrades too. To begin with, there is a mirror-finish, gloss-black appliqué under the rear windshield which dons the ‘T’ logo. Complementing its black finish are the new taillights which get a black outline (see detail). The thickness of this outline makes the taillight lens look ‘smoked’ – adding a hint of sportiness to the tailgate. With the new Vista, Tata also puts into practice a new naming nomenclature viz. LS / LX / VX / ZX / GLS / GLX / GVX / GZX as replacing the earlier Terra / Aqua / Aura / Aura+. These variant badges and the emblems of the new Vista have grown bigger and get a new font (see detail). And though Tata wants the Vista to move away from the ‘Indica’ tag, the emblems still call this car an ‘Indica Vista’.
Overall, the new design makes the Vista appear classier and slightly sportier than its outgoing model – however, in the two days of driving that we did around shopping malls and marketplaces, hardly anyone noticed the difference in design – including an uninitiated friend of ours who owns an Indica Vista himself.
First Published on 03:56 pm, October 07, 2011
Overall, the new design makes the Vista appear classier and slightly sportier than its outgoing model â however, in the two days of driving that we did around shopping malls and marketplaces, hardly anyone noticed the difference in design â including an uninitiated friend of ours who owns an Indica Vista himself.
Tata Indica Vista (2011) GLS Safire65 BS4