The Tata Manza, also known as the Tata Indigo Manza was globally presented on October 14, 2009. It was based on the Tata X1 or the Elegante Concept that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007.
The first Tata Manza was offered with a 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel engine and a 1.4-liter Fiat fire gasoline engine. In 2011, the Indian carmaker released the Tata Manza Elan, a premium variant sedan complete with upgraded safety features and a lavish interior covered with Italian leather.
In 2012, the sedan received a dynamic facelift and was marketed as the Tata Manza “Club class”. The series featured two-toned exteriors with chrome detailings and an interior fitted with Italian upholstery paired with modern amenities.
In the Philippines, the Tata Manza was launched in July 2014 through the efforts of Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, its local official distributor.
The Tata Manza measures 4,413mm long, 1,703mm wide, and 1,550mm tall. It flaunts an elegant body with smooth curves and a great stance. Exterior highlights include a pair of swept-back three-barrel headlights, a wide four-slotted chrome radiator grille, fog lamps, a chrome-colored license plate front holder, front and side chrome-colored protective moldings, body-colored door handles, trapezoidal rear lights, and a set of 15-inch multi-spoke steel wheels with caps.
The Tata Manza offers a spacious black and silver themed cabin courtesy of its 2,520mm wheelbase. Notable interior highlights include wide leg and knee room, multi-function four-spoke steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, power windows, instrument cluster strategically placed in the center, 100-percent folding seats at the rear, and efficient manual air conditioning system, and 460 liters of luggage space.
Technology & Safety Features
Providing entertainment inside the Tata Manza is a 2-din audio system. In terms of safety, the sedan is built with a good number of airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, collapsible steering column, an anti-theft immobilizer, keyless entry, three-point seatbelts at the front and rear, and child safety lock on the rear doors.
Platform & Chassis
The Tata Manza was manufactured based on the Tata X1 platform. It is built with an independent lower wishbone McPherson Strut suspension with an anti-roll bar and coil spring at the front and a semi-independent twist beam suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers and coil springs at the rear. The sedan’s braking power is assisted by ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Tata Manza is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive sedan. It was offered in a 1.3-liter diesel and a 1.4-liter gas engine. Both are paired with a five-speed manual transmission capable of producing 90 horsepower with 116 Newton meters.