Tata Motors has just unveiled the name for its newest hatchback in the Indian automotive segment – Tata Zica. The new name is essentially the production name for the car that was till now known as the Tata Kite hatchback. The new Tata Zica will be launched in December or early next year and will be available with both petrol and diesel engines.
The new Tata Zica will slot below the Tata Bolt but above the Tata Nano. The new car is expected to be priced extremely competitively with prices expected to start just above the Rs 3.5 lakh mark for the petrol variant and possibly just under the Rs 4 lakh mark for the diesel base version. The new Tata Zica engines for both petrol and diesel will be brand new 3-cylinder units.
The Kite will get a 1.2-litre petrol engine that is expected to make in the region of 85PS of peak power and about 110Nm of peak torque. This naturally aspirated engine could be used in other future products too in parallel to the turbocharged Revotron engine. The Kite will also get a 1.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor that is said to make just under 70PS of peak power and about 140Nm of peak torque. The engine will essentially be a three cylinder of the tried and tested 1.4-litre turbo diesel that has been doing its duty in the Indica and the Indigo CS for the last few years. The diesel is expected to return over 25kmpl in terms of fuel mileage.
Expect the Kite to be quite a handsome looking car and very well proportioned with modern and up to date styling that will be a big departure from the highly outdated design that the Indica hatchback offers. With competition like the Wagon R and the Celerio from Maruti, the i10 and the Grand i10 from Hyundai and even the likes of the Renault Kwid, we expect it to put up quite a brave fight.