Tata Motors would launch two all-new vehicles every year in India by 2020. Under this strategy, the company would launch Kite hatchback in the country this year. Tata Kite has been spied as a test mule by our avid reader Dolan Christopher in Delhi. Just so you know, Tata Kite hatchback is expected to replace the ageing Indica hatch and would be launched during the festive season.
The Kite hatch is spied wearing the production-ready body, which is quite evident from the tail-lamps. It is being speculated that Tata Kite would be christened as 'Tata Glade' upon its launch. Tata Kite would adorn a new design language, which would not match to any of the company's current cars. It is being designed at Tata’s European Technical Center (TMETC).
It would be underpinning the Indica's XO architecture, albeit after multiple revisions. The interiors would be highly advanced and up-market over the ongoing Indica. Only the engine firewall and pedal box would be elements to be carried over from the current Indica. In addition, there would be an all-new suspension setup, while incorporating the electronic power steering (EPS) system from the Zest and Bolt.
Mechanically, Tata Kite would be launched in both petrol and diesel guises. The petrol variants would be powered by an all-new 1.2L, 3-cylinder engine with maximum power of 75bhp. It wouldn't be based on the Xeta platform like the Revotron engine, but would use an all-new aluminium block with four valves per cylinder.
As for diesel fuel trim, the variants would in-house a 1.05L, 3-cylinder engine which would generate a top power of around 70bhp. This new engine is extracted from the 1.4L DICOR unit. However, it boasts a stiffer block, counter-balancing shafts and improved frictional management. Tata Kite would be challenging the likes of Honda Brio, Hyundai i10, Maruti Celerio, and Chevrolet Beat in the Indian market, while coming in a price domain of Rs. 3.5-4.5 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).
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