Tata Motors is gearing up for the launch of not one, but two new vehicles in rapid succession in the near future. The vehicles in question are the Tata Kite hatchback (which could be named Glade in the Indian car market) and its sedan version. First impressions of the Kite look promising; read on to know more about it.
Several spy photographs of the Tata Kite hatchback have surfaced over the past few weeks and underneath its camouflage outfit, the car does seem to differ from the usual design language of Tata Motors. The Kite hatchback and sedan are two completely new vehicles which have been developed from scratch, unlike the Tata Bolt and Zest, which did have connections to the Vista and Manza respectively. The chassis of the car, although based on that of the Indica, has been made stiffer than before.
In terms of equipment, the Tata Kite/Glade can be expected to be kitted out with a touchscreen infotainment system; bluetooth, aux-in and USB compatibility, steering mounted control buttons, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, dual front airbags, ABS, power windows, power steering, a tailgate spoiler and fog lights, amongst others. Production of the new Kite will happen at the Tata Motors facility in Sanand, Gujarat.
Power will most likely be courtesy a new 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder Revotron petrol engine and a 1.05 litre, 3 cylinder diesel engine that puts out 64 bhp. Interestingly, the Kite could become the first vehicle in its segment to offer its customers the option of a diesel-powered AMT, which would be provided by Italian manufacturer Magneti Marelli. With this new hatchback, Tata Motors hopes to bite into the market share of cars like the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Wagon R and the Hyundai i10.