Tata Motors, the home-grown automaker, has finally revealed the all-new Zica (Codenamed Kite) hatchback. It is being learnt that Tata Zica would be launched in January 2016, while media drives are expected to commence shortly. The Zica hatch is believed to debut an all-new petrol motor, while it is all set to replace the ageing Indica hatchback. Just so you know, the name Zica is extracted from from ‘Zippy Car’.
Underpinning Indica's re-engineered platform, Tata Zica would be placed below the Bolt hatch. The interior cabin would boast of the company's traditional 3-spoke steering wheel. Other features would include integrated music controls, a 2-DIN audio system, chrome door handles, front and rear power windows, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a rear wiper and washer to name a few. As for safety of the occupants, the hatch is expected to come with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and dual front airbags.
Mechanically, Tata Zica would be offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. Powering the petrol variants would be an all-new 1.2L, 3-cylinder motor, with excellent fuel efficiency. The diesel variants would derive their power from a 1.05L, 3-cylinder engine, which is said to be a downsized version of Tata Motors' 1.4L, 4-cylinder diesel engine. The engine would be paired to manual transmissions, while possibilities of an AMT gearbox can not be denied as well. Tata Zica would be up against the likes of Hyundai i10, Maruti Celerio and the Chevrolet Beat.