Tata Indigo eCS Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  June 21, 2013


To align itself with the changing sector and a country that is evolving continuously, the country’s auto major, Tata has refreshed one of its popular compact sedans the Indigo eCS. The new car looks much more beautiful, feels great on the inside and has its basics modified to fit into the comfort zone of modern day executives. Basically targeting the younger working generation, the changes made are inclined towards the dashing end. With new front grille, new head lamps and loads of new features in the interior, the compact sedan still boasts of the same fuel economy it had earlier which is very much welcome in Indian market.

Tata Indigo eCS is available in four dashing colours which suit the taste of the modern day professionals. The colour options available are Spanish Tan, Porcelain White, Royal Burgundy and Jet Silver. The sedan comes out with two diesel engines and one petrol engine option.

Powertrain & Performance

Tata Indigo eCS comes with three types of engines to match the necessities of the customer. The diesel versions come with CR4 or Tdi motors and the petrol version has an MPFi engine. The 1396 cc CR4 diesel engine is known for its mileage and performance. It gives out 69 bhp @ 4000 rpm and has peak torque of 140 Nm @ 1800-3000 rpm. The Tdi which is a Turbocharged motor is 1405 cc in capacity and produces 69 bhp @ 4500 rpm. The maximum torque delivered from this diesel powerhouse is 135 Nm @ 2500 rpm. The 1193 cc petrol engine employs Multi-Point Fuel Injection system to strike the chord between power and fuel economy. It churns out 64.1 bhp @ 5000 rpm and has a maximum torque rating of 100 Nm @ 2700 rpm.

Tata has worked on the Duo Float suspension mechanism where the front loaded Independent McPherson Struts with Coil Springs and rear loaded Independent 3-Link McPherson Struts with Antiroll Bar distribute load across themselves in a balanced manner to deliver greater drive stability and comfort.

Build & Styling

One of the major highlights in the new Tata Indigo eCS is its diamond chrome front grille which is shaped majestically to uplift the dignity of the compact sedan. The headlamps and bumpers are styled to make the car look younger and more attractive while its fog lamps get new chrome rings. Multi spoke alloy wheels and rear chrome garnish and side body cladding elevate the aesthetic quotient of the Indigo eCS. The boot is smoothly finished to position the vehicle among elite class while its ORVM mounted turn indicators and rear park assist features heighten the convenience of every drive.

Like most other Tata models, the Indigo eCS gets a decently designed interior which inclines more towards comfort and quality of finish than on attractive curves on dashboard. Thanks to the work done by engineers on reducing NVH levels, the cabin is now much quieter and pleasant loaded with equipment like AC and audio system with four speaker and Bluetooth connectivity. The seats are coated with fabric upholstery which uses two colour shaded to make the cabin more elegant. The glove box is fit with a cooler and there is ample room in the cabin and boot to store items.

The company has introduced new technologies through the refreshed Indigo eCS. One of this equipment is the e-ORVM which has the third lane visibility feature. This technique enables easier overtaking and changing of lanes in highways. This system along with ABS improves the safety of the car while there is collapsible steering column to avoid major injuries to driver when an accident takes place.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • e-ORVM
    • AC
  • Cons

    • ABS available only in top-end variant