The ‘more car per car’ saga started by Tata Motors has continued through all versions, upgrades and avatars of the Indica and clearly the company has never given up on its favourite hatchback that’s more than 10 years old now. Indica was the first passenger car from the house of Tata Motors and its models have also been exported to Europe, Africa and few other countries in Asia. Launched in March 2011, the eV2 variant of Indica is one of the most fuel efficient cars on Indian roads.
Exterior of this facelifted Indica has seen some noticeable changes. It gets a new set of headlights, front grille and refashioned bumper. The double barrel clear lens headlights with an elongated stripe of orange coloured indicators on the sides are visibly attractive and complement the chrome finished multi-layered front grille. Edgy lines on the bumper also lend it a sharp and aggressive look. The redone air-dam is placed in the lower segment of the front bumper and is adorned with integrated circular fog lights.
The 8 spoke alloy wheels and decals on the side doors render a sportier look to the eV2. This elegant version of Indica does not have wheel arches and looks pretty with its body coloured door handles and ORVMs with metal strips. The rear of the car also has a body coloured bumper spoiler along with a stop lamp. Arches along the rear bumper and the boot as also the tail lights give the new Indica its unique identity.
Step inside and you instantly notice how the black and beige interiors have transformed the feel of this hatchback. Dual coloured fabric seats and door trims complemented with fabric give the eV2 a classy look when compared to the previous avatar. The 4 spoke steering wheel is smart and to give a new appeal to the decade old dashboard’s design and texture, Tata has simply splashed it with shadow beige colour. You get a company fitted integrated music system with 2 speakers. It’s a radio/MP3/CD player that comes with USB and Aux-in ports. The hatchback also enjoys the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity. Indica eV2 has ample space for 5 adults.
And now let’s talk about some bigger things. Indica ev2 comes in both petrol and diesel variants. The 1.2 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine gives a maximum power output of 65.3 bhp at 5000 rpm. The torque output of this engine is 99.8 Nm and this comes at 2700 rpm. eV2’s diesel engine is the new 1.4 litre 4 cylinder common rail CR4 engine. It gives out a power output of 70 bhp at 4000 rpm. The maximum torque output of 140 nm of this engine comes at 1800-3000 rpm. Both the engines are controlled by a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Test its acceleration and performance and you will find that this refashioned Indica that has also lost 10 kgs of extra weight does feel powerful on the road. Thanks to instant throttle reaction and not much of gear shifting, the car is smoother to drive than its predecessors. While the diesel engine delivers a fuel efficiency of 15 km/litre on city roads, the petrol one is not far behind at 14 km/ litre. On the highway the eV2 is capable of delivering up to 23 km / litre.