Tata Kite5 sub-4m sedan spotted testing ahead Of launch; likely to be priced aggressively and will come with class-leading 420 litres of bootspace
The production-ready Tata sub-compact sedan was revealed at the Auto Expo 2016 early February. Codenamed Kite 5, the model is expected to be commercially launched in the second half of 2016 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 hotly contested segment.
It is more likely to carry a price tag in the region between Rs. 4.75 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh as the Indian auto giant is capable of slotting the product in an aggressive price bracket with heavy localisation of parts. The camouflaged test mule has been spied running trials near Pune, Maharashtra by CarAndBike recently.
The Tata Kite 5 sub-four metre sedan will sit on the same platform as the Tiago hatchback which is set to be launched on March 28th and it will have similar mechanicals with significant amount of component sharing to keep the production costs down. Inside the cabin, the sedan will be featured with a three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, Harman entertainment system, piano-black centre console, etc.
The successor of the Indigo eCS will be positioned below the Tata Zest sedan and it comes with short overhangs, stubby rear-end and a honeycomb grille up front – reminiscing Tiago in every way but only until the C-pillar. At the back, it will accommodate a class-leading 420 litres of trunk capacity.
It will be manufactured 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. Mechanically, it will be powered by a new family of three-cylinder engines developed by Tata Motors with multiple driving modes.
The 1.2-litre REVOTRON three-cylinder MPFI petrol engine develops 85 PS of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm and comes linked with a five-speed manual transmission.
The 1.05-litre REVOTORQ three-cylinder CRDI motor makes 70 PS of maximum power output at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque between 1,800 rpm and 3,000 rpm. This mill will also be hooked with a five-speed manual as well and an Automated Manual Transmission could arrive at a later stage.