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21 January 2014

Tata Vista VX Tech launched

Yet another Vista variant with features from D90 but powered by a lesser powerful motor

Devesh Shobha
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Tata Motors has already started working on ‘Project Falcon’ that will see the launch of a new Vista and a compact saloon. But that is still some time away, maybe eight months. In the meanwhile, the engineers at its Pune plant came up with an idea of keeping the Vista brand in the news. And that brings us to the new VX Tech variant of its slow-selling Vista hatchback.

The instrument cluster now proudly sits right behind the steering wheel, exactly where it was supposed to be in the first place

What’s this VX Tech, you ask? It’s basically a Vista D90 that’s offered with reworked interiors and advanced features but with a FGT motor that churns out 74bhp as opposed to the D90’s 89bhp. It’s the same motor that powers the rest of the Vista diesel range, barring the D90. Which is not a bad thing. We say this because when we last drove the D90 in the early part of 2013, we liked the revised cabin and the improvements made in the ride department, but weren’t too impressed with the 89bhp unit’s overall performance.

The new VX Tech, which is the top-of-the-line, limited edition variant is priced at Rs 6.19 lakh, Rs 22,000 more than the VX variant, and gets you added features like touchscreen multimedia system with USB and Aux in, sat nav, Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls and an advanced driver information system. Another cabin element worth mentioning is the instrument cluster that now proudly sits right behind the steering wheel, exactly where it was supposed to be in the first place. Earlier, this was a D90-specific modification only.

On the mechanical front, the VX Tech is powered by a 1.3-litre, 74bhp, 190Nm, teamed with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Then there’s a new front Duo-float suspension system for a better ride. That’s it.

Rest of the Vista looks the same as before. Oh wait, how did we miss this – it also gets a new Blue Chill exterior shade that, as per Tata, perfectly complements the VX Tech’s interiors. Yeah, right.

Tags: vista tech, vista, indica, tata

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