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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Production years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Tata Indica was the first car designed with the Indian customer in mind, and Ratan Tata was the driving force behind it.

After eight years since the market liberalization in India, Tata unveiled the Indica at the 1998 New Dehli Auto Expo in Pragati Maidan. The audience was keen to see the new car, which promised to be cheap to buy, cheap to run, and tailored for the Indian market.

Ratan Tata didn't trust its design department from Telco Industries, who knew how to create trucks and buses. He relied on the Italian I.DE.A design studio, and the result was a modern-looking vehicle that could feel at home either in the suburbs of New Delhi or in any European city. Its rounded shapes and curved headlights followed the new-edge design theme, which was just revealed on some other European cars.

Inside, despite the low-quality materials, the Indica showed a modern look. Its curved dashboard featured an open storage area in front of the driver and a digital clock in the middle, at the base of the windshield. Tata installed the ventilation controls on the upper side and the audio system underneath it on the center stack. The Indica didn't feature any sound system for the lower trim levels and left that job for their owners. Despite its small size, the car could accommodate up to five occupants inside, but with very limited legroom for the rear-seat occupants.

Under the hood, the Indica was the only direct-injected diesel engine on the Indian market for many years. It was a fuel-efficient vehicle but with inferior performances. The other option was a 1.4-liter gasoline unit. Later on, the Indica received better powerplants and improved interiors and materials.

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TATA MOTORS Indica 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 5MT (60 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (67 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (86 HP)
  3 diesel engines
  • 1.4L D 5MT (60 HP)
  • 1.4L TD 5MT (63 HP)
  • 1.4L TD 5MT (71 HP)
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TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L 5MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1405 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 5000 RPM
60 HP @ 5000 RPM
59 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
77 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
105 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93.2 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70/R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.7 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.9 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)

TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L 5MT (67 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (67 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1405 cm3
Power
49 KW @ 5000 RPM
67 HP @ 5000 RPM
66 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
74 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
100 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/65/R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2194 lbs (995 kg)

TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5500 RPM
75 HP @ 5500 RPM
74 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
122 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.3 mph (155 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/95/R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2194 lbs (995 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)

TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L 5MT (86 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (86 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1405 cm3
Power
63 KW @ 5500 RPM
86 HP @ 5500 RPM
84 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
81 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
110 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/95/R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.5 in (165 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.7 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.9 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)

TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L D 5MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L D 5MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1405 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 5000 RPM
60 HP @ 5000 RPM
59 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
63 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
85 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70/R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.7 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.9 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Highway
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)

TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L TD 5MT (63 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L TD 5MT (63 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1405 cm3
Power
46 KW @ 4500 RPM
63 HP @ 4500 RPM
62 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
122 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93.2 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65/R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2315.2 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3197.2 lbs (1450 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Highway
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)

TATA MOTORS Indica 1.4L TD 5MT (71 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L TD 5MT (71 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1405 cm3
Power
52 KW @ 5000 RPM
71 HP @ 5000 RPM
70 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
125 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
9.8 gallons (37.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93.2 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65/R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.7 in (3675 mm)
Width
65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height
58.5 in (1486 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.1 in (1,400/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.4 cuFT (606 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.7 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.9 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Highway
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)
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