The Tata Indica was a watershed moment in India's automotive history, being the first in-house developed passenger vehicle. Today we take a look at this chopped off version of the venerable Indica.
The Tata Indica was the first indigenously-developed passenger vehicle in the country. The first-generation model launched over two decades ago in 1998, and it was responded to positively by the Indian consumer. Being on sale for 2 decades, the Indica was discontinued as it was becoming too expensive to update it to the latest emission norms and the much newer Tiago pretty much replaced it in the lineup. The Indica was also the first Tata vehicle with the automaker’s long-standing signature smiley face front grille. Though the hatchback wasn’t the best choice as a driver’s car, a lot of owners have gone on to modify their Indicas. Recently we came across this interesting modification of a Tata Indica.
The video of this modified Tata Indica has been uploaded by Wasim Creation on YouTube, and immediately you notice that it doesn’t have rear passenger doors. Instead of just welding the rear doors shut and repainting them, the fabricator has binned the rear doors as well as reduced the wheelbase and overall length. The modification required for the Indica to be chopped off in half and rewelded back with additional support members, resulting in the vehicle being over a metre shorter than the regular car. Other changes include a new roof scoop, roof rails, a rear spoiler, and black side claddings. The shorter length is even more evident inside as this Indica is a strict two-seater now, and the insides get a new dual-tone black and silver treatment. Though overall this modification looks pretty great, chopping a vehicle like this results in irreparable loss of structural rigidity and should be avoided if you do not know what you’re getting into.
The modifier has decided to continue with the stock engine and gearbox of this Tata Indica. This facelifted model of the Indica came with a 1.4-litre 4-pot turbo-diesel unit which churns out 71 PS and 135 Nm of peak power and torque, respectively. Gearbox choices included only one, a 5-speed manual. The Indica received more engine choices later in its production lifecycle with a choice of either a 1.2-litre or 1.4-litre petrol and a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre oil-burner.