Tata Kite hatchback spied, wears 175/65 R14 Bridgestone tyres – Report

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Production to start in December 2015.

The Tata Kite hatchback (codename) has been spied again near Pune, wearing heavy camouflage. Meanwhile a spy video of the Kite has emerged, which reveals that the car is shod with 175/65 R14 Bridgestone tyres on steel rims.

Tata Kite hatchback spied near Pune (September 2015) front
The Tata Kite hatchback will be launched before its sedan version, and will manufactured at the Sanand plant.

The small car is based on a reengineered version of the X0 platform which is the one that underpins the tried and tested Tata Indica family. While the base of the Kite hatchback is taken from an old car, the design language is adopted from the company’s latest product, the Tata Bolt.

Tata Kite hatchback spied near Pune (September 2015) rear three quarter left
The Kite hatchback will replace the Indica in the personal car segment, and could get EPS and an e-Clutch.

The Kite will not only feature similar styling to the Bolt, but familiar equipment too. Starting from the new steering wheel that is being fitted to the latest models as the company’s signature feature, the Kite is apparently given a Harman music system as well.

Tata Kite hatchback spied near Pune (September 2015) centre stop light
The Kite is based on Indica’s platform featuring the design language used on the Bolt.

Powering the Tata Kite will be two three-cylinder engines, with the petrol motor having a displacement of 1.2 litres and the diesel mill having 1.05 litres, as per reports. Transmission options are reported to include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).

The hatchback is expected to roll out of Tata Motors’ Sanand plant in December 2015, followed by the launch of the compact sedan variant.

Tata Kite hatchback – Spyshot Gallery

[Spy Shots: Team-BHP]

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