We broke the news about the Vista Tech and leaked the brochure as well. Now we are here with the complete product presentation of the car and have learned from our sources that the launch is on the 21st of January, 2014. The Tata Vista Tech is not really the replacement of the Vista D90 as the Vista Tech is being showcased as the new Vista lineup in the product presentation. So what Tata Motors has done, is optimised the trim levels on the Vista and also made crucial changes. The Tata Vista Tech isn’t available with the 90 BHP Quadrajet engine, nor is it offered with the 1.2-litre Saffire powerplant. The ZX+ variant has been removed from the lineup as well.
So what is the crucial change? All variants of the Vista will now carry the same dashboard as the now defunct Vista D90 did (which itself used the Manza’s dashboard). Thus all Vistas will now carry the instrument cluster in front of the driver and not in the centre. Three trims are now offered – LS, LX and VX Tech with the features now improved across the lineup. Even the mid LX trim gets Bluetooth connectivity. The Vista Tech gets improvements to the power steering unit which reduces steering effort by 8%. The door latch has also been worked upon to reduce door closing efforts. The car also gets a dual path suspension (reduces weight by 4 kgs) for improved ride quality.
The top end Vista VX Tech variant has been compared with the Maruti Suzuki Swift VDi by the company where the Tata vehicle wins as it has satellite navigation system, ABS, EBD, touchscreen multimedia system, steering mounted audio controls, Blue 5 technology, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, dual tone interiors, triple barrel headlamps, exterior chrome pack and 7 speed intermittent wipers over the Swift VDi. This comparison by the company signifies that the Vista VX Tech will be priced around the Swift VDi which costs Rs. 6.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
The TDi diesel engine is only BS3 compliant and the 1.4-litre unit produces 71 PS of power and 135.4 Nm of torque. The Quadrajet motor is the same Fiat Multijet unit which outputs 75 PS and 190 Nm. It is BS4 complaint and the ARAI certified mileage is 19.4 km/l and 22.3 km/l for the TDI and Quadrajet motors respectively. There is a new clutch master cylinder for improving city driving comfort on the Vista Tech. No petrol variant is part of the Vista Tech lineup and we feel the company will focus on petrol models only after its 1.2-litre turbocharged unit is out.
The lack of ZX+ variant on the Vista Tech signifies the vacant place left for the upcoming Falcon 4 hatchback. The Vista Tech is offered in 4 variants – TDI LS, TDI LX, SDE LS and SDE VX Tech (SDE stands for the Quadrajet diesel engine which is also called Small Diesel Engine internally). The Vista Tech comes exactly a year after the launch of the Vista D90 and the vehicle is available in a new chill blue colour.