Indica-based hatchback to launch by year end.
Indian Autos Blog reader, Mr. Kuldeep Bhosale, spotted the Tata Kite hatchback test near the company's facility in Pimpri, Maharashtra. Compared to other spyshots, the test mule here appears the most production ready thanks to the bumper, rear spoiler and most importantly the taillights.
Based on the Indica's platform, the Kite (codename) and a compact sedan based on it, will be the next volume-oriented products for Tata Motors after the Bolt and Zest. Keeping in mind evolved customer needs, the Kite twins will sport fresh yet distinct styling, well appointed interiors with good fit-and-finish, and features that are expected in this segment (an infotainment system, airbags, ABS and the like).
Reports point out that the Kite will be powered by a new range of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol motor will be a 1.2-liter unit (possibly a three-cylinder) while the diesel will be a 1.05-liter three-cylinder unit making about 64 hp and 142 Nm of torque.
These engines will be paired to 5-speed manual gearboxes and possibly even automated manual units.
The Kite hatchback is reported to enter production by the end of this year at Tata's Sanand facility in Gujarat. The compact sedan is also expected to use the same manufacturing facility as a lot of components will be shared among these cars.
Competitors: Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat, Honda Brio
Expected price: INR 3.5-4.5 lakh, ex-showroom
Launch date: H2 2015