Tata Motors is working on a revamped Indica Vista hatchback, said to be due for a 2014 Auto Expo unveil. The hatchback, as detailed in previous Team-BHP scoops here and here, will be an evolutionary version of the current model. In that light, the 2014 Vista will be based on the same platform that the current version is underpinned by.
The car will feature changes mainly in terms of its exterior design. These design changes will eventually reflect on other Tata cars including the diesel variant of the Nano. In that sense, the 2014 Vista will be the first Tata car to get a bolder design philosophy, which is different from the curvy and smiley designs of current Tata cars.
The design of the 2014 Vista will derive inspiration from the Tata Manza Hybrid concept showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. So, the current car's curves will be ditched for sharper lines and the un-camouflaged image of the 2014 Vista indicates the same. The styling changes will happen at the front and the rear of the car, with the overall profile being carried over without any changes.
Both petrol and turbo diesel engines of the current Vista, including the motors borrowed from Fiat, are expected to carry on unchanged in the 2014 model. The current version of the Vista is available with a range of petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Petrol engine options range from 1.2 liter to 1.4 liters while the turbo diesel engines come with 1.3 liter and 1.4 liter capacities.
Tata Motors offers the diesel powered Vista with the Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine in two states of tune, 75 Bhp-190 Nm and 90 Bhp-200 Nm. The five speed manual gearboxes will also be retained, with the addition of an automatic gearbox not in the scheme of things.
The new Vista is expected to showcase the screw tightening measures that Tata Motors has claimed to have undertaken in its sourcing and production processes. These measures are expected to result in cars that are relatively niggle free across the ownership duration, quite unlike the current situation of Tata cars being prone to regular niggles after about a year of purchase.