IndianAutosBlog.com Pune reader Satyajeet Bhaskare sent in a clear snap of a fleeing Tata Indica XL mule. The translucent camouflage does not hide the presence of the Indigo XL's stretched rear door that or the special alloy wheels. The photograph shows a wildly stretched Indica but it is more an optical illusion created by the camouflage spread out over the rear.
The Chinese market is used to long wheelbase hatchbacks but the Indica XL is among the few of this rare and unique breed of vehicles. This also is the first long wheelbase hatchback in India.
So apart from the stretched wheelbase what is lurking beneath the excessive camouflage? A redesigned tail light cluster and tailgate unique to the lengthened Indica? Guess we'll have to wait for a more revealing snap to turn up!
Tata Motors need not scout for a new engine as the 1.4-liter CR4 diesel engine that delivers a class-leading mileage of 25kmpl on the Indica and Indigo CS models is readily available. They have the option of using the Indica's LPG kit if demand calls for one.
Cost wise it is effective to build the interior using the same components and the all-important rear AC vent cannot be overlooked on a chauffeur's car.