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Tata Kite sedan and hatchback spied; Launch in 2015

Snapshot: Being codenamed as 'Kite' siblings, the test mules of both these cars were spotted heavily camouflaged on the Indian roads.

Tata Motors is on a move to refurbish its entire vehicle line-up by phasing out the old models and introducing brand new ones. Recently, it replaced its Manza mid-sized sedan with the all-new Zest and the media drives of its next product - Bolt hatchback - has commenced, which would soon fill in the shoes of Vista premium hatchback. Now, spy-shots of a new hatch and a sedan based on it have surfaced online and they are said to be replacing Indica eV2 hatchback and Indigo eCS compact sedan, respectively.

Being codenamed as 'Kite' siblings, quite similar to Zest and Bolt which were codenamed as 'Falcon' siblings prior to their launch, the test mules of both these cars were spotted heavily camouflaged on the Indian roads. Going by the spy-shot, it seems that Tata Kite sedan would be a sub 4-meter product and would feature company's new design language. Quite similar to the Zest sedan and Bolt hatchback, both the Kite twins are going to be far more advanced, up-market and premium in terms of interior and equipments. The ride quality and steering response would also be better than the preceding models for effortless and hassle-free driving. Also, the price of the Kite sedan as well as hatch is going to be highly competitive or say lesser than Zest and Bolt, owing to the fact that they are going to be placed in budget segment.

Talking about the powertrains, Tata Kite sedan and hatchback would be offered in both petrol as well as diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants might feature an all-new 1.2L engine which is being developed solely by Tata. In the diesel guise, they would come loaded an all-new 1.05L, 3-cylinder motor which is being made out of the company’s 1.4-litre DiCOR diesel engine. Although, the Zest and Bolt feature company's 1.3L, Fiat-sourced, Multi-jet diesel motor but the Kite sedan and hatch might mark the debut of all new 1.05L diesel motor which is expected to deliver exceptional fuel economy. Tata is going to launch the Kite hathcback first by the mid of next year, while the sedan would follow up by the end of 2015.

Source: Cartoq

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