“Mission report December 30, 1998: You will never have to suffer a small car again.” In the world of cramped hatchbacks with standard design philosophy, Tata Motors launched Indica, which was the first fully indigenous passenger car in India. Tata Indica is a name we all are familiar with for sure. If not, take a look here. Today, we are going to take a look at one of the versions of the Indica, the Indica V2, or as the company called it, the Indica e-XETA.
2006: Tata Indica e-XETA is Launched
Under the hood, Tata Indica EV2 XETA came with a BS4-compliant 1200cc MPFI powerhouse. There were two options. A petrol engine and a petrol engine with LPG. Let’s first take a look at the specs.
Tata Indica e-XETA | Engine Specifications
|Engine||MPFi||Bi-fuel: MPFi + LPG|
|Power||65.3ps@5,000||65ps@5,000 (Petrol), 61.8ps@5,000 (LPG)|
|Torque||99.8ps@2,700||99.8ps@2,700 (Petrol), 100ps@2,600 (LPG)|
The optimum power came with a really good fuel efficiency of 17.1kmpl. But the engine is not the only good thing at the Indica V2. Let’s take a look at what all was offered in the hatch.
Indica EV2 XETA: The Good Stuff
The e-XETA was a new gen Indica, thus it was meant to grab attention. For the starters, it came with body-coloured bumpers and ORVMs, finely forged alloys and a whole new set of vibrant colour options.
Getting inside, you would witness a new shadow beige combination, front power windows, wooden finish centre console, music system with USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity, a front power outlet, air conditioning, 60:40 flip and fold rear seat and remote keyless entry. The Tata Indica e-Xeta was for sure loaded in terms of comfort and convenience. But was it safe?
Tata = Safety, Was it the case with the Indica e-XETA?
It was built to last, like any other Tata cars. The crumple zones were strategically placed and the side intrusion beams made sure that the Indica is ready for any impact from the side. It came with features like child safety lock on rear doors, high mounted stop lamps, front and rear fog lamps, collapsible steering column and 3-point seatbelts for front seats and rear side passengers.
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Someone said vibrant colours!
While the other carmakers were offering the pale colour options, Tata decided to add vibrance to the options. It was offered in 4 colours: Mint White, Apple Green, Arctic Silver and Neo Orange.
How spacious of a car are we talking about?
Tata Indica EV2 XETA | Dimensions
|Ground Clearance (mm)||165|
|Boot Space (litres)||220|
So, from the dimensions, it’s clear that the XETA had enough legroom, headroom as well as the shoulder room. And to make sure that you don’t have to leave anything behind while embarking on a journey, it offered a good boot space too.
So this is all for the Tata Indica e-XETA. Want to know about some other car or is there a rare car you would like to share? Do let us know in the comments section below.