Tata Kite sedan, hatchback will look completely different from the current Tata line-up
The next highly anticipated launch from Tata Motors is the Kite sedan and hatchback. The Kite siblings were spied testing last year and while it was speculated that the company would launch the Kite hatchback sometime in 2015, followed immediately by the Kite compact sedan. We were sure from the very beginning, the heavily camouflaged Tata Kite images revealed that the car`s design would be all-new and not like the Zest and Bolt which are modified iterations of the Manza and Vista.
The Tata Kite platform is entirely new; with the new “Kite 4” compact hatchback and “Kite 5” compact sedan having been developed from scratch. This is first time Tata has attempted a product which is entirely new and bears no resemblance to its previous products.
The Tata Kite sedan and compact hatchback have been designed at (TMETC) Tata`s European Technical Centre. Both the cars feature a new design language, sloping roof line and a sharp crease line running through the door handles on both the sides as per the image rendered by Autocar. There`s a fair amount of chrome used on the Kite siblings to give them an upmarket look. Tata has used a heavily reworked Indica XO platform to enhance the rigidity and refinement levels on the Tata Kite.
Inside the cabin the Tata Kite`s interiors are expected to be quite spacious like all Tata vehicles with parts shared from the Zest sedan and Bolt hatchback to keep a check on costs. The “Kite 4” and “Kite 5” will feature the steering setup seen on the Bolt and Zest and will also get a reworked suspension setup at the front and rear.
Powering the new Tata cars will be a 1.05 litre three cylinder diesel motor which produces around 70bhp and the petrol unit will be a new 1.2 litre motor capable of churning out 75bhp of power.
When launched the Kite sedan will rival the likes of the Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and the Swift Dzire while the hatchback will fight it out with the Maruti Wagon R and Celerio.