Tata Zica AMT could come aboard on both petrol and diesel engines, expected soon after initial MT debut in January 2016
Tata looks to take the fight to the established mid-size hatchback segment rivals like Hyundai i10 and Maruti Suzuki Celerio with the introduction of Zica, set to be launched in January 2016.
As for the initial offering, both petrol and diesel engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. But it’s no-brainer that an automatic transmission equipped will debut soon after as the Indian manufacturer is wary of the Maruti Celerio’s sales success in the segment with an AMT gearbox.
Tata currently has two products installed with AMT, one is the Nano small car and the other is Zest compact sedan. The former has automatic transmission transferring power to the wheels from petrol engine whereas Zest is offered with a diesel automatic.
Tata Zica AMT could come first as a petrol variant whilst diesel automatic is expected to come at a later time after getting feedbacks from the customers. Taking advantage of being based on the existing XO platform that underpins the Indica hatchback, Zica shares lots of components with it as well.
The budget mid-size hatchback has inverted design headlamps blend well into the Tata’s now-signature honeycomb grille, prominent shoulder lines and window profile as similar to the Ford Figo. Following the Zest and Bolt, the Zica hatchback comes with duap-tone dashboard and carries a rear profile resembling that of Hyundai Grand i10.
The top end will boast chrome and silver detailing alongside alloy wheels. It’s powered by an all-new Revotorq three cylinder diesel engine that displaces 1,050cc and uses cast iron cylinder block and aluminium cylinder head.The engine has segment-first City and Eco driving modes and produces a maximum power output of 70PS at 4,000rpm and peak torque of 140Nm between 1,800 and 3,000rpm. As a matter of fact, these driving modes won’t be found in the slightly upmarket Bolt hatchback and Zest sedan.
The 1.2-litre Revotron three cylinder engine is an all-aluminium petrol motor that develops 85PS of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm with the City and Eco driving modes. The car weighs about 1,080 kg with diesel engine and 1,012kg with petrol engine.