Compact 7-Seater concept based on the Tata Indica, styled, developed and built by I.DE.A Institute (Geneva Motor Show 2002)
I.DE.A. Institute put its specific experience to work on packaging the vehicle to meet the aims of its client Tata, to create a spacious 7-seater with an overall length of less than 4.3 metres. The design of the vehicle has to look to the future and to be inspired by a car rather than a van. For passengers, being on board must be a pleasurable travelling experience in an interior on a flexible lay-out, which can be adapted to a variety of uses. Safety considerations are also foremost in taking into account what are destined to become future standards for the safety of pedestrians in the event of an accident.
The Tata Indiva has a highly characteristic exterior styling with ample glazed surfaces giving an insight to the features of the airy interior. Indeed, the windscreen appears to continue uninterrupted onto the roof panel to create a permanent sunroof, perfectly blending the interior and exterior styling. The overall styling is very characteristic of the Tata range; indeed the Indiva shows the same traditional kick-up of the belt line at the rear first seen on the Indica hatchback. The very compact appearance of the Indiva is created by its almost one-box shape where the front end is highlighted by the hood area, which is distinctly separate from the rest of the vehicle while, at the same time, there is continuity in the shape from front to rear. At the front, the traditional Tata grille follows in the company’s brand image, but here it is in a higher position to give the Indiva its distinctive air. The headlights have been naturally integrated into the parting lines and indeed the whole front end has a very smooth shape, in anticipation of what are expected to become future standards for the prevention of serious injury to pedestrians in the event of an accident.
The rear end again expresses the formal purity in the overall shape of the Indiva where the rear hatch has a wide and thus highly functional aperture to make loading and un-loading easier. The unusual four rear light units, using LED technology, are set to the extremities to visually widen the vehicle.
Source: www.idea.institute.it; www.conceptcars.it