Tata Motors, the country’s largest automobile manufacturer, has launched a new powerful diesel variant of premium hatchback Indica Vista under the name, Quadrajet D90 in Indian market on January 28, 2012.
Tata IndicaVista D90 apart from its black roof the car looks similar to its earlier version Vista VX that was launched in its tenth anniversary edition. But the exiting part is that now users can choose the exterior accessories such as front and back add-on styling kit, side skirts, a roof mounted rear spoiler and so on, to enhance the outer look of the car. All such accompaniments make Vista D90 sportiest car so far in the Indian market. When it comes of variants buyers expect major divergence so Indica has come up with two versions of Vista D90 that is VX and also new ZX+ variants. Special body kit for bumpers and a spoiler are the exclusive additions for ZX+.
Tata IndicaVista D90 has got perceptible alter in the form of Manza dashboard. The centre mounted instrument cluster has been moved from to right hand side that makes way for a driver aligned unit and the car gets the same unique tachometer needle that turns red near redline.
Fully automatic air-condition senses the amount of sunlight and adjusts the temperature accordingly, rather than just maintaining the set temperature, new touch screen stereo with integrated voice assisted GPS and the option to update maps, Bluetooth connectivity, card reader are the latest characteristics of ZX+ variant.
D90 has obtained driver information system that shows temperature, fuel efficiency, range to empty etc. Special wadding stuff is being imported from Germany for the D90 that helps to cut out the outside noise as well as it lessen the cabin sound.
The performance of the Vista D90 engine has been improved with 15 horses. The most significant change lies beneath the cover of the Vista. The engine of the car has borrowed the Tata Manza’s 1.3-litre Quadrajet unit that puts out 90PS of max power at 4000rpm and the torque has also been increased from 190Nm to 200Nm.
The 1.3-liter Quadrajet engine now stirs out low-end torque which is decent 88bhp (as against 75bhp of the normal Vista) and this comes as a benefit of the Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT). This makes the Vista D90 more drivability with ease and one can potter around in city traffic, even when in a higher gear. The need to downshift does not exist.
The gear of the car has been adjusted, and the ratios are modified to to improve the drivability both in city traffic as well as in the highway. The car yet features an improved 44-litre fuel tank compared to the regular Vista that offers only 37 litres. The car with ease manages to cross 140kmph.
The performance of the Vista has always been first-class. The driving flexibility is excellent and it does seem have any complaint on low as well as high speeds. The suspension does an applauding job of absorbing the bounce and rebound because of the tweaked suspension of the Vista D90. The riders who love to drive fast will for sure enjoy driving this car.
The Indica Vista D90 comes priced at Rs 5.99 Lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The VX variant is priced at INR 6.03 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Indica Vista Quadrajet D90 VX comes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) system while the ZX will cost Rs 6.63 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) with airbags and alloy wheels. The Vista D90 seems to be an affordable car than the few other cars in its segment.
Tata says that, “they have developed the new Indica Vista D90 to compete with the top selling car in the segment of the Indian auto industry, Maruti Suzuki Swift.” It’s not that easy to over taken Maruti Suzuki in India, and only time will decide who proves to be better as far as sales is concerned.