Tata Kite hatchback to launch by June 2015 – Report
Posted on: Jan 17, 2015 - 9:00am IST
To be manufactured at Tata’s plant in Sanand, Gujarat.
Previous reports might have suggested a launch in late 2015, but according to Indian Cars Bikes’ sources, a launch in the second quarter of this year is what Tata is looking at for the Kite hatchback (codename).
‘Kite’ is codename for the Indica replacement, which will also spawn a compact sedan to replace the Indigo eCS. Both these cars will be manufactured at Tata’s plant in Sanand, Gujarat. The engine options for the Kite will include a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.05-litre 3-cylinder diesel. The latter makes 64 hp and 142 Nm of torque. A 5-speed gearbox will be available as standard, while an automated manual transmission (AMT) could also be offered.
A previous report suggests a Mega Pixel like front end, and wraparound taillights (in place of the tall, Christmas-tree ones on previous Indicas) could be design highlights on the Kite.
The report mentions that Tata used the previous generation Hyundai i10 as the benchmark. It also adds that the higher version of the Kite will get segment-first dual-DIN infotainment system as seen on the Zest but without the touchscreen.
Competitors: Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10
Expected price: INR 3.5-4.5 lakh, ex-showroom
Launch date: Q2 2015 (according to report)
Tata Kite – Spyshot Gallery
[Source – Indian Cars Bikes]