In keeping with the "dhamaka" of the festive season for 2012, Tata Motors Limited has introduced a refreshed avatar of its overly under-hyped budget sedan, the Tata Manza, now re-christened as the Tata Manza Club Class. The flagship sedan from the stables of Tata, despite being endowed with top-class features and technologies, could never make it big. But the new Tata Manza Club Class is expected to turn its fortunes. Besides a spate of additional features, the new Tata Manza Club Class gets five fresh variants with new nomenclatures. Previously, the Manza was available in four variants viz. Aqua, Aura, Aura ABS and Elan. But now it has added more variants to its petrol and diesel lineup - LS, LX, VX, EX and GLS, GLX, GVX and GEX. And if first impressions are anything to go by, this certainly seems to be a class act.
With a black coloured roof Tata Manza Club Class has perfectly picked its shades to show off its worth. The executive sedan comes out in Tyrian wine, Laser Red, Castle Grey, Infinity Black, Jet Silver and Dew White colours.
Under the hood, the Tata Manza Club Class diesel retains the same 1248 cc 88.8 bhp Q-Jet engine that makes an impressive 200 Nm of torque @ 1750-3000 rpm. Thanks to the Variable Geometry Turbocharger, the car drives like a dream too. The aluminium bed plate along with superior insulation considerably cuts down engine noise, vibration and harshness levels, also delivering a superior power to weight ratio at the same time. The Drive by Wire technology further lessens "throttle lag". The petrol versions of the Manza Club Class, on the other hand, are hopped by 1368 cc, S-Jet engine that makes 89 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 116 Nm of torque @ 4750 rpm. All engines are mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
The independent, lower wishbone, McPherson strut with coil spring in the front and the semi-independent, twist beam with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers in the rear helps iron out all rough surface, bumps and potholes, thereby offering smooth ride.
When you compare the design of Manza Club Class to the outgoing model, the differences are hard to spot. The basic structure, the front grille and the chrome finished upper lip are very much alike. It's the rear end of the Manza, however, that grabs attention. The vertical tail lamps are eye-catching and the chrome strip on the rear bumper just adds to its sedan-ish appeal. The chrome inserts on the rub rails and outer door handles and the blacked out B-pillars further hikes its style quotient.
On the inside, the car is as roomy as it can get. The new Tata Manza Club Class comes with rich two-tone fabric, tilt adjustable power steering with a height adjustable driver seat, electronically operated windows. The driver information system is strategically placed on top of the central console and so is the newly added touchscreen multimedia navigation system. The car comes with a 2DIN Music System with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity through the Blue5. The audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel. The Tata Manza Club Class comes with a host of other new features like auto climate AC, 8-spoke alloy wheels, contrast roof and more chrome.
The Manza Club Class stands as safe as its dignified personality with equipment like ABS with EBD, collapsible steering and high mounted LED stop lamps. Its airbags and smart seat belts and warning buzzer for open doors ensure the passengers are safe from danger.