Tata hopes to make a grand comeback in 2013, after experiencing a slack period in 2012 due to scaling back production of passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles. According to the latest buzz, the company is ready to put forward several upgraded versions of cars in the current year. It is planning to launch a sub four-meter sedan that is based on the Tata Manza platform. The compact car segment has been very much in demand, Tata hopes to cash on this demand by offering a feature rich and stylish looking vehicle that is fuel-efficient.
Tata is the first company in India to have launched the compact sedan named Indigo eCS and therefore this latest car is much anticipated by the customers. Talking of looks and the overall design, this new sedan from Tata will be very much similar to Manza till the C-pillar with a slim rear bumper and small boot as inferred from the Tata Manza pictures. The front grille, tail lamps and headlights are taken from the Manza. The interiors too will be designed similarly. The gap between Indigo CS and the regular Manza is expected to be filled by this new car (Manza CS). It will be powered by Vista’a 1.2 litres petrol engine and 1.3 litres diesel engine. The four-cylinder CRDi engine with 1248 cc capacity powers this car and delivers 88.7 bhp power at 4000 rpm along with a max torque of 200 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm. It also has a six-speed gearbox with manual transmission. An appreciable figure of 13.7 kmpl is achieved by the petrol trim and for the diesel trim, this figure stands at 21.02 kmpl. The customers are likely to be floored by the awesome combination of Tata Manza features and stunning looks.
Tata Manza price is expected to lie between Rs. 4.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs. The low price is the result of low excise duty levied on this car. With the launch of this vehicle, Tata will become the first automaker in India to have two sub four-meter compacts in the Indian market. With the launch of this latest Tata car, the competition is all set to hot up in this segment with Honda ready with its first diesel run car Amaze and Mahindra planning the launch of its Verito around the same time. With so many top players hoping to attract the attention of the consumer, it will be interesting to see who finally wins the race.