The Tata Indica XL hatchback has made yet another appearance on the interweb and this time the camouflage has been dumped completely, prompting us to wonder whether the car is up and ready for a launch soon. Apart from the lack of camouflage, the car spotted doesn’t look in very fine fettle though, what with it looking like it’s been parked at the same place for a while now with the front bumper hanging on for dear life. Oh, and the spyshot’s location bears an uncanny resemblance to Tata Motors factory at Pimpri, with the wall being the give away. Straight from ground zero anyone?
The Indica XL stays true to Team ICB’s renderings, which means that it is essentially a stretched Indica hatchback aimed at humongous room for the rear seat passengers. The Indica XL hatchback has all the trappings of being a car that’ll mark yet another world first for Tata Motors. We’ve seen stretched “limousine” versions of luxury cars like the Mercedes Benz S-Class’ the the BMW 7 Series’ of this world and even for that matter, stretched wheelbase cars like the Tata Indigo XL and the Skoda Superb, but a hatchback with a stretched wheelbase seems to be a world first of sorts.
So, full marks to Tata Motors for once again venturing into territory that’s been scarcely traversed by other car makers. The Indica XL shows chromed door handles and alloy wheels, hinting that it is a top spec variant that we could be looking at. Expect the 1.4 Liter CR4 common rail turbo diesel engined to power this car while petrol engined variant isn’t too likely. Up front, the styling of the car will take inspiration from the Tata Indigo eCS while the rear of the car is expected to be trademark Indica, with X’Mas tree tail lamps borrowed from the Indica eV2. If the Tata Indica XL’s main purpose of existence is to make life comfortable to the folks occupying the rear seat, rear AC vents could make an appearance.
With low running costs being its forte, the Indica XL could carve out a niche for itself in the taxi market. From the looks of it, Tata Motors seems very keen to continue evolving the Indica platform to spawn a myriad range of cars despite the platform being a decade and a half old. Long in the tooth? Well, try telling that to Maruti Suzuki and the Indian car buyer, whose Omni van continues to do a steady 5,000 monthly units. India’s a strange country like no other, and the Indica XL is an example of just that aspect of Indian-ness.
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