Tata Motors will be launching a new variant of the Vista Tech soon, a news which we exclusively broke yesterday. The launch of the car isn’t far away and we had reported that Tata Motors will launch the Vista Tech in the next couple of weeks. Cars have started to arrive at dealerships for display and test drives. The Vista Tech gets minor changes on the exteriors which include small graphics below the front windows (along with TECH written on it). The Tech badging is also present on the boot.
The Vista Tech is the replacement of the Vista D90, the latter was discontinued last month due to poor sales. Thus the Vista Tech is very similar to the Vista D90 in almost all ways except a few minor differentiating factors like the lack of body side mouldings. Being based on the Vista D90 means the Vista Tech gets the dashboard from the Manza, wherein the instrument cluster is placed in front of the driver rather than being mounted centrally. The equipment from the Vista D90 will also make it to the Vista Tech which includes a 6.7-inch touch-screen audio system with GPS, USB, AUX, MP3 and Bluetooth compatibility.
The Vista Tech also gets a climate control system and the car is loaded with equipment you would expect from a premium hatchback. However the biggest change between the Vista Tech and Vista D90 is the engine. While the D90 used a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) to pump out 90 PS and 200 Nm, the Tech makes do with a fixed geometry unit which outputs 75 PS and 190 Nm. The lower output from the engine helps the company save costs which will be passed down to the customer to enable an attractive price, something which the D90 lacked.
Tata Motors has understood that power isn’t everything for a Tata vehicle buyer and thus this move. The company tried to position the Vista D90 as a sporty offering but people looking for a performance hatchback have better options like the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI and Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo. When we drove the Vista D90 last year, we appreciated the improvements to the brakes, quality and NVH. These should also feature on the Vista Tech which is likely to be priced at Rs. 6.70 lakhs for the top-end variant (ex-showroom, Mumbai).