IAB reader spots Tata Indica XL on test with minor differences

Posted on: Jan 19, 2013 - 9:19am IST

We at IndianAutosBlog have witnessed an increase in Indica XL spottings. With each spotting, we’re trying a lot to figure out what sort of a body style the Indica XL is going to be. Will it be an Indigo XL missing a boot or is it something else?

Tata Indica XL frontTata Indica XL rear doorTata Indica XL rear fascia

Take these latest spy shots for example. Sent from ardent Indian Autos Blog fan and reader Ashwin Ram, this test mule was spotted in Coimbatore. Ashwin says that he spotted the CR4 badges on the front fender (as shown in the image) and it immediately suggests what this long wheelbase Indica would be powered by. Ashwin has also noticed a few peculiar things that stand out on this test mule:

An interesting thing I noticed was the see through mesh on the camouflage covering the roof of the car, just like the one for the rear glass visible in these pictures. Does it have a sunroof on the top?

The central AC panel on the dashboard had a vertical rectangular silver band of about an inch thick, other than which the dashboard looked pretty much the same design and finish.

Couldn’t get the look of the passenger compartment as it was intentionally darkened.

Tata Indica XL rear three quartersTata Indica XL side viewTata Indica XL

A third row of seats on the Indica would certainly make sense given that such a market exists in India. Even when we spoke to Mr. Ashesh Dhar, Head of Tata Utility Vehicles, inquiring about the Indica XL, he was of the opinion that such a potential existed.

With Veritos becoming shorter and Indicas becoming longer, 2013 will definitely be a fun year to witness in the Indian auto market.

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One thought on “IAB reader spots Tata Indica XL on test with minor differences

  1. S Pani says:

    To me the only thing I would conclude is this car is still quite a good bit away from actual production.

    This particular prototype doesnt seem anywhere near production ready. All its body panels are old random stuff all joined together bringing in panels from various prototypes of cars in Tata’s R&D center. You can see the mismatch of the body panels, different alloy wheels on front and rear tyres.

    This seems like it is testing the rear section of the frame, rear suspension etc.

    TML also seems pretty desperate to hide the rear end of the car, using some frame structure over which the camouflage is draped rather than directly on the car.


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