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Zica Hatchback Named as Tata Tiago

Snapshot: The company decided to rename 'Zica' due to its similarity with the recent “Zika” virus outbreak across many countries.

Tata Motors has finally found the new name for its Zica hatchback and it is being renamed as Tata Tiago. At the 2016 Auto Expo, where Tata Zica made its first public appearance, the home-grown automaker has announced the #Fantastico Name Hunt - a crowd-sourcing activity for all auto enthusiasts to suggest a new name for the Zica hatch. The company decided to rename 'Zica' due to its similarity with the recent “Zika” virus outbreak across many countries.

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The Tiago hatch is backed by Tata Motors” “Made of Great” campaign, with the motto, “What drives us from within is what makes us great”. Being the first company car to flaunt the IMPACT design philosophy, it has design inputs from Pune, UK and Italy studios of Tata Motors. Besides getting 22 storage places inside the cabin, the boot space is 242 litres. The hatch boasts of a new Connectnext Infotainment system, exclusively developed by HARMAN with first-in-class smart phone enabled Turn-By-Turn Navigation app and Juke-Car app. Tata Tiago also comes with first-in-segment Multi-drive modes: City and Eco. Tata's new Electric Power Assist Steering is also on offer as standard.

Mechanically, the Tiago would come in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would be powered by the all-aluminum 1.2L, 3-cylinder MPFi Revotron engine which would belt out 84bhp of top power at 6000rpm and 114Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. The diesel variants would derive their power from an all-new 1.05L, 3-cylinder Revotorq engine. It would churn out 69bhp of maximum power at 4000rpm and highest torque of 140Nm between 1800-3000rpm. Both the engines would be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, while an AMT gearbox could also be offered at a later stage. Tata Tiago would be challenging the likes of Maruti Celerio, Hyundai Grand i10, Chevrolet Beat and Ford Figo.

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