ICB Exclusive: 2012 Tata Indigo eCS compact sedan facelift spied

Team ICB’s roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, has come back with yet another exclusive, in the form of the Tata Indigo eCS compact sedan’s facelift. The car was spotted testing at a location in Pune which we cannot disclose at this point in time. What we can disclose though is the changes that the facelifted Indigo eCS will bring to the table. The facelifted Indigo eCS comes at a time when the Indian car market is all set to see a flurry of compact sedan launches. Two new compact sedans, in the form of the Honda Brio Amaze and the Mahindra Verito CS will be launched in early 2013.

2013 Tata Indigo eCS Compact Sedan Facelift

2013 Tata Indigo eCS Compact Sedan Facelift Spyshot

So, Tata Motors readying up a facelifted version of the Indigo eCS is something that isn’t surprising. In fact, Tata Motors has to be credited for spawning the compact sedan segment in India and the world through the Indigo eCS, which holds the distinction of being the world’s first compact sedan. Coming to the facelifted model, the car EarthFusion has spotted came with smoked headlamps, the kinds of which are found on the top end variants of the Volkswagen Vento sedan. Apart from the smoked headlamps, the facelifted Indigo eCS gets a redesigned grille and new fog lamps.

EarthFusion also reports that the new front grille that the facelifted Indigo eCS will come with, will be used on upcoming Tata cars too. Apart from the new front fascia, the rest of the exteriors of the facelifted Indigo eCS remain unchanged and this includes the rear of the car. The facelifted Indigo eCS is expected to retain the 1.4 Liter CR4 turbo diesel engine that produces a peak power of 70 Bhp and a peak torque of 140 Nm. The petrol engine will be the 1.2 Liter MPFI unit that puts out 65 Bhp of peak power and 100 Nm of peak torque. Both engines are offered with 5 speed manual gearbox options.

In the coming week, we’ll be putting together a render of the facelifted Indigo eCS to give you a better picture on what the car will look like. Meanwhile, by the middle of 2013, the Indian car market will have no less than 4 compact sedans vying for the car buyers’ purse strings in the form of the Tata Indigo eCS, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, the Mahindra Verito CS and the Honda Brio Amaze. So, 2013 promises to be the year when the compact sedan will come of age in the Indian car market. Who would have thought that so many car makers across the board would jump onto the compact sedan bandwagon, after Tata Motors first pioneered this segment with the Indigo eCS. While the Tata Indigo eCS can be credited for kickstarting this segment, the biggest seller however, has been the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, which is also the best selling sedan in the country.

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