Hope’s around the corner – Tata Motors working on a new small hatchback, codenamed X0

Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 - 12:30pm IST

Tata Indica eV2 DICORThe passenger car division at Tata Motors are in immediate need of new products to get going. Their recent launches have not brought the best possible results, while old workhorses such as the Indica and Indigo have reduced chances in a market flooded, and continuing to be flooded with fresh and improved products from European, American and Japanese automakers.

Tata officials have been asking us to wait and watch as they are indeed coming up with many new products in the next three years.

Economic Times reports that Tata Motors is working on a new compact hatchback based on an improved version of the first generation Indica platform codenamed X0. The car which which is expected to have fresh styling to lure younger buyers could be sandwiched between the Indica and the Vista or could come in as a replacement for the Indica.

According to one of Economic Times’ sources, the car will have almost 75% change in the sheet metal design compared to the Indica (first gen) while the platform enables competitive pricing. The product is expected to be one of the important launches for Tata Motors when it comes out in 2015.

The new small premium hatchback from Tata is expected to be positioned in such a way to take on the next gen Hyundai i10 that will premiere in Frankfurt this September. Coming to the powertrain options, there could be new motors – a turbocharged 1.2 litre petrol engine and a 1.05 litre common rail diesel engine (presented at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo).

At the launch of the Vista D90 Xtreme last week, we spoke to the Indica brand head, Mr. Amit Sagar, who specifically stated that they will continue using the first generation Indica platform as they have invested heavily on it over the years and that “platform doesn’t grow old, design does.”

Tata Motors should use this opportunity to introduce a fresh exterior styling philosophy and a well knitted interior at par with standards set internationally by cars in the same class.

[Source: Economictimes.Indiatimes.com]

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8 thoughts on “Hope’s around the corner – Tata Motors working on a new small hatchback, codenamed X0

  1. Gajanan Pai says:

    It is indeed great thinking from the Tatas that Indica platform on which huge investment has been done needs to be exploited further. A change in sheet metal designing, exclusive modern features like floor level illumination both passenger compartment, boot and glove compartment, AC vent for the Rear passengers, and smoother and lighter gear shift can do wonders in the competitive market.

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  2. This is good news for Tata!!
    Finally they have come to their senses and started to improve design and the car!!
    Its high time the old Indica’s design and interiors has to be changed!!
    This could be most competitive car in the i10 segment!!
    All the best Tata!!

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  3. Mohammed says:

    Good move. Per reports, it’s going to be a premium small car. The engine configurations and the contemporary designs are something to watch out for. The tremedous success of Storme has given Tata’s the much needed momentum to move forward with aggression.

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  4. Ramesh says:

    Any news on the expected date for the facelifted Manza/Vista and re-launch of the Aria. When is the diesel Nano launch?

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  5. sandy says:

    That could be fresh breeze from Tata side, including the power trains. Wish they make and keep their customer happy.

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  6. Sanjuz says:

    First of all bring all new Design,
    Like i 20, Swift, Jazz

    make a new Gene

    Than Qualities

    A Hatch looking like Jazz or i 20, will sale like hot cake from Tata if priced well

    After all TATA is VFM

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    1. vishal says:

      Completely agree with Sanjuz, Tata has been lagging in the looks department. India today is warming up to attractively designed vehicles that are competitively priced – other parameters not withstanding. People will make their compromises on other factors if the vehicle is priced right and doesn’t look like it has been built to cost. We have already seen that good looks need not be expensive.

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