Tata Kite hatchback - IAB Rendering

06/02/2015 - 11:53 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Indica-based small car likely to launch by mid-2015.

Based on available spyshots, our in-house artist, Shoeb, has created a digital mockup of the upcoming Tata hatchback codenamed 'Kite'. Based on the Indica's platform, the Kite is reported to launch by mid-2015, and will spawn a compact sedan that will replace the now aging Indigo eCS.

Tata Kite front render IAB
The Kite is reported to enter production at the Sanand plant.

The front fascia of the Kite sees bug-eyed headlights with a meshed grille, or what Tata Motors' design honchos refer to as the 'Humanity Line'. The side profile of the hatchback sees two design creases, and a rather straightforward design.

Under the hood, the Kite is reported to come powered by a 1.2-liter petrol and a 1.05-liter three-cylinder diesel engine. The latter is expected to make 64 bhp and 142 Nm of torque, and a 5-speed manual transmission will be fitted standard. Tata could choose to offer its automated manual transmission (AMT) on the small car as well.

Tata Kite taillights spied IAB
The Kite will replace the Indica whereas the compact sedan will succeed the Indigo eCS.

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The Kite and the Kite-based compact sedan are reported to enter production at Tata's Sanand plant in Gujarat, which is under-utilized at the moment.

Competitors: Maruti Celerio, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10
Expected price: INR 3.5-5.5 lakh, ex-showroom
Launch date: By mid-2015 (according to reports)

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