Spied – Tata Indigo eCS facelift sporting new body color spotted testing

Posted on: May 20, 2013 - 8:55am IST

The Tata Indigo eCS is on the verge of getting a facelift. The compact sedan segment has seen a new hero in the form of the Honda Amaze and even Maruti Suzuki for their part have come out with a special edition of the Swift Dzire to keep things freshened up. The timing cannot be better then, for the Indigo eCS to get a nip and tuck.

This picture was sent in by an Indian Autos Blog reader from Pune, where this Indigo eCS test mule was spotted as well.

Refreshed Tata Indigo eCS spied
Note the ‘smoked’ headlamp unit and the new alloy wheels, apart from the new exterior ‘Urban Bronze’ color.

Before we get started about the headlamps and the bumpers, we should point out that this Indigo eCS sports an entirely new body color. The color seems to be the same as that offered on the Tata Safari Storme and the Tata Manza which is called as ‘Urban Bronze’.

Tata Indigo eCS front
Picture of the current Indigo eCS added for reference.

Apart from the new color, the refreshed Indigo eCS will also sport a newly designed alloy wheel as seen in this picture. Other added features would come in the form of rear parking sensors and a chrome strip on the rear bootlid.

At the front, Tata would alter the grille, headlights and the front bumper to a minor extent. Interestingly, the front headlamp unit seems to be ‘smoked’ out in places and when we observed more closely, what seemed like a projector head lamp unit was visible. However, we’re not all to sure about the projector head lamps.

Tata Safari Storme front three quarter angle
A new ‘Urban Bronze’ exterior color, which is already seen in the Safari Storme (above) is expected to make it to the Indigo eCS facelift.

Interior wise, the eCS refresh is expected to get a minor update in the form of a dual tone (black and beige) color scheme.

Tata’s chief rival, Mahindra, is all set to explore the sub 4 meter segment with the Verito Vibe which is launching on June 5th. Thought the Vibe is a hatchback, it would certainly be an indirect rival to cars such as the eCS, given that it is also a chopped-down version of an already existing sedan.

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3 thoughts on “Spied – Tata Indigo eCS facelift sporting new body color spotted testing

  1. […] in Pune, a car we’ve been following closely over the last couple of months. Our reader who sent us the first image of an updated copy featuring the ‘Urban Bronze’ or a similar paintjob earlier this […]

  2. Ashutosh says:

    As a Tata fan, what I am seeing here is quite disheartening. I see the same face, which was launched in 2008.

    A chrome strip on the front and back, new design alloy wheels do not entice new customers. Most of the prospective buyers won’t even notice those.

    Can they not think of giving it a new face? Something, which the people will notice.

    I understand, making the sheet metal changes is expensive. But for how long is Tata planning to milk the same cow? That hood and those fenders have been there since 1998!

    I also understand that they need to keep the family face, that smiley grille! But does that matter anymore? Most people now consider ‘Indica’ as a synonym for a cab. So why not do something radical? Why not give it a different face?

    Better, keep the current look for cabs. And give the personal car variant a different face, better kit, better goodies.

    Two examples are here:
    One with only changing the parts which are cheaper to replace / update, the plastic ones: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/autopsyche/autopsycheIndica1.jpg

    The other is where the headlamps, hood, headlamps are changed: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attachments/shifting-gears/437535d1286829975-photoshop-digital-art-thread-tata-indica-v3.jpg

    Now these may not be the ultimate design ideas and likely sureshot best sellers, but at least they somehow reflect that something more radical can be done. I am sure Tata’s design team is much much more capable of doing what I am seeing in the spy shots above.

    I understand that designing new look parts, testing them, getting them approved takes time. But, with a car which is the same as what it used to look in 1998, another year should not be much of a bother.

    Hoping to see much much better ‘refreshes’ from Tata in the future.


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