Tata Motors has been extensively testing a XL version of the original Indica. This car is all set to be launched in the second half of the year and will feature acres of space for rear passengers. Currently no car in the Indica segment offers as much a space as the Indica, with the closest rival being the Toyota Etios Liva. Tata Motors has clearly distinguished the Indica series. The company has kept the Indica for first time buyers and the commercial sector, while the Vista is targeted towards the personal segment and buyers looking for a premium hatchback.
The Tata Indica XL is not the first XL vehicle that Tata Motors is planning to produce. Earlier, the Indica XL was offered but did not do particularly well due to the inconsistency in quality and less than average engines. The Indica XL has been rendered beautifully by our rendering specialist, who has given the Indica XL a bigger rear door as the XL is expected to have a bigger wheelbase to increase rear legroom. Some amount of the increase in length could also be brought to the boot, which already is quite big for its segment.
The Tata Indica XL will certainly be powered by the highly efficient CR4 motor, which produces 70 BHP of power at 4000 RPM and 140 Nm of torque at 1800 RPM. The 1400 cc diesel engine is a miser when it comes to sipping fuel and returns a stupendous 25 km/l. Many MotorBeam readers feel that Tata Motors should give up on the original Indica and move on. However Tata feels otherwise as the company has recovered all fixed costs and can continue to offer this product to taxi buyers. The Indica XL should sit right between the normal Indica and the Vista.