The production version of Tata Kite 5 subcompact sedan was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 in early February and it will take on the benchmark Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire along with Honda Amaze, the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Figo Aspire and Hyundai Xcent in the highly competitive segment.
It is expected to be launched during the festival season – sometime around November. It could carry a price tag in the region between Rs. 4.75 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh. Courtesy of the Tata Vista group on Facebook, the undisguised images of the Kite 5 have been caught in new blue exterior colour and were posted on TeamBHP.
The Tata Kite 5 sub-four metre sedan will be built on the same platform as the recently launched Tiago hatchback and it will have identical mechanicals with good amount of component sharing to keep the production costs low.
On the inside, the sedan will feature a multifunctional three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, Harman entertainment system with five-inch screen and eight-speaker audio, navigation provision, piano-black centre console and so on.
The successor of the Indigo eCS will be slotted below the Tata Zest sedan. It will have short overhangs, stubby rear-end and a honeycomb grille up front carried over from the Tiago but similarities end at the C-pillar. At the rear, it will accommodate a class-leading 420 litres of boot capacity.
It will be produced at Tata’s production base in Sanand, Gujarat and will measure about 3,995 mm in length, 1,647 mm in width and 1,535 mm in height. As for the mechanicals, the Kite 5 sedan will be powered by a new family of three-cylinder engines developed by the Indian auto giant.
The 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, REVOTRON, MPFI petrol motor produces 85 PS of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm and comes married with a five-speed manual gearbox. The 1.05-litre, REVOTORQ, three-cylinder, CRDI diesel mill generates 70 PS at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque between 1,800 rpm and 3,000 rpm. It will also be linked with a five-speed manual and an Automated Manual Transmission could be introduced in a later time.