Driving the new Tata Indica Vista D90

Tata Motors launched their Indica Vista D90 in Indian markets yesterday. Launched in a choice of two variants – VX and GX+, Vista D90 will receive a 1.3 liter Multijet engine which is also seen in the Manza and Punto 90Sport.

Driving the new Tata Indica Vista D90 (14)

Launched at Rs 5.99 lakhs (ex-Delhi), just like the existing cars with this engine, in D90 as well, the engine is capable of generating 90 PS (88 bhp) of max power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm max torque. Special D90 badging is what will distinguish this new vehicle from the regular Vista.

The improvement which Tata made to the engine, is the addition of VGT- Variable Geometry Turbocharger. Tata says, VGT will allow the new Indica Vista D90 to accelerate better (0-60 kmph in 6.3 seconds) and deliver peak torque for a longer period. The torque figures are the best in its segment. Mileage too is impressive at 21.1 kmpl. The new VistaD90 possesses a 44 liter fuel tank as compared to the small 37 liter unit seen on the regular Vista. This additional power is due to a Variable Geometry Turbocharger. At the launch of new Vista D90, Tata Motors also unveiled a new powerful 105 PS concept of Indica, called Vista D90 Xtreme.

Externally, Vista D90 features new side skirts and rear spoiler while on interiors, a Manza type dashboard with instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. While driving the new Indica Vista D90 on the Tata Motors Race Track in Pune, we saw the needles in the instrument cluster turning red, while at higher speeds or when the engine was revved higher. This, Tata says, is their new patented technology. Another patented technology inside the new Vista D90, is the sensor on the dashboard. This sensor will sense the amount of sunlight, and accordingly adjust the air-conditioning and brightness of the instrument cluster.

Other features on the inside of the Vista D90 include air conditioning in three modes, new touch screen stereo system, card reader, Bluetooth connectivity and GPS with the option to update maps. While driving, we noticed enhanced handling, quieter cabin, improved quality of materials, stability at higher speeds (top speed 158 kmph) and decelerating in a straight line, thanks to the new ABS with EBD. We managed to get a straight line braking from 140-0 kmph.

Tata says, they have developed the new Indica Vista D90 to compete with the top selling car in the segment of the Indian auto industry, Maruti Suzuki Swift. It’s difficult to beat a Maruti Suzuki in India, as far as sales are concerned. But the new Tata Vista D90 is up for it. Only time will tell how it fares in the sales department, as of now, you can watch the video which shows the rubbers on the new D90 burning.

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