By the time we are uploading this feature, Tata Motors has already revealed the official images of the all-new Zica compact hatchback. The latest entrant in the stable of the homegrown automajor, the Zica promises to be much more than the previous products from the Tata Motors. And we are here to find the answers, how Zica can prove to be a game changer for Tata Motors?
There's little doubt left that Tata Zica is one of the best-looking hatchback in India, and probably the best Tata out there in terms of the design. While we haven't seen the car in the flesh yet, we are pretty sure it will be as eye catching as it look in the images. Tata adopted this whole HorizonNext philosophy to give their future products a new design language and it was evident from the Tata Bolt hatchback and the Tata Zest sedan. And with the Zica, they have taken the game to a whole new level. The front fascia exudes freshness while the flowing body lines integrates well with the rear end to create a drama.
While Tata has not officially revealed any image for the cabin of the Zica hatchback, there are a couple of spy shots making rounds on the net. And going by the images, we can see the transformation Zica has gone through. It will come with a black and beige dual shade interior, which makes the cabin both roomy and sporty. Tata Zica will also feature Harman sound system, rear parking sensors and a rear wiper with washer to name a few. In terms of safety, the hatch is expected to come with ABS, EBD and dual front airbags.
Like everything else, the engines for the Tata Zica are also built from scratch. It will be powered by an all-new 1.2L, 3-cylinder petrol motor, with excellent fuel efficiency. The diesel variant will be powered by an all-new 1.05L, 3-cylinder engine, which is said to be a downsized version of Tata Motors' 1.4L, 4-cylinder diesel engine. While a 5-speed manual gearbox is standard across variants, the possibility of an AMT gearbox can not be ruled out.
4. Handling and Ride
Tata has derived the name Zica from ‘Zippy Car’ which suggest how much Tata is serious about the performance and handling of the car. Also, the Indica's XO platform is underpinning the Zica which is a heavily modified version of the platform Indica was based on! Tata promises an improved NVH levels, best for the manufacturer yet. And since we already know how well Bolt performed in this department, we can expect brilliant ride and handling characterstics from Zica too.
Tata is expected to price the Zica compact hatchback in a price bracket around Rs 3.5 lakhs - Rs 5 lakhs. The other cars in this price bracket are Hyundai i10, Honda Brio and Maruti Ritz, all of which are getting old now. If Tata manages to keep the price right for the Zica, it can prove to be a major game changer for the Indian manufacturer.