Tata Kite compact sedan has made its global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. Being codenamed as Kite 5, it embodies the company's new IMPACT design language. The market launch of Tata Kite sedan is expected to take place after the Zica hatch, around September 2016. Though, it has been spied numerous times as test mule on the Indian roads with fully disguised. Just so you know, Tata Kite 5 would be the home-grown automaker's second all-new sub 4-meter sedan in a span of 18 months as the Zest was launched in August 2014.
Talking about the exterior styling of Tata Kite 5, it flaunts the conventional chrome humanity line at the front with dual chamber headlamps. The sedan gets first-in-segment integrated roof spoiler housing the high mounted stop lamp LEDs. The rear-end has a LED tail-lamp cluster, while the silhouette of the sedan appears like that of a coupe. The interior cabin boasts of a Rack and Pinion, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS). The cabin also consists of a 5-inch infotainment system with video playback through USB and other features such as on screen SMS display, SMS readout and reverse parking display on the screen. The Harman-designed audio system with 8 speakers and steering mounted controls is also on offer.
As part of the Connectnext features, the Kite 5 is equipped with the intelligently designed maps from MapMyIndia and a first in segment music app called Juke-Car App (Android OS only). For those wondering, the Juke- Car App helps sync multiple phones to a host phone making sharing of music easy via a private hotspot network. This app allows all the occupants to share and play music from their own devices. As for safety, the sedan comes loaded with dual front airbags, 9th generation Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC).
Mechanically, the Kite 5 sedan would be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would be powered by 1.2L, 3-cylinder Revotron engine, developing a maximum power of 84bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque of 114Nm at 3500rpm. The diesel variants would get the Fiat-sourced 1.3L Multi-jet engine. The Kite 5 sedan showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo had a petrol powerplant. Both the engines would be available with multi-drive modes – Eco and City. The sedan would have a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres, while it rides on 15-inch wheels.