Estimated to be priced between Rs 4 lakh – Rs 5.5 lakh, the Tata Kite 5 could be the most affordable sub-compact sedan in India.
To be positioned below the Zest, Tata Kite 5 will be an entry-level compact sedan from the home-grown carmaker.
After launching the much-awaited Hexa 7-seater SUV, Tata Motors is ready to launch two all-new products – Kite 5 sub-compact sedan and Nexon compact SUV. Both the vehicles were previewed at the Delhi Auto Expo last year alongside the recently-launched Hexa. To be positioned above below the Zest, the Tata Kite 5 will target buyers looking for an affordable subcompact sedan. It was speculated to be launched towards the end of this year; however, recent reports suggest that the launch could take place in March 2017.
Likely to be the cheapest sedan in the country, the Kite 5 could be named Viago/ Altigo or Sway. Similar to the Tiago and Hexa, the sedan has been jointly designed by Tata’s Pune design studion, European Technical Centre (TMETC) in UK and the Italian design centre. The new model is based on Tata’s new “IMPACT” design philosophy, which was first introduced in Tiago. It is expected to come as a replacement to the ageing Indigo eCS. With all-new engine lineup, the Tata Kite 5 sedan (Sway) will be more powerful and fuel efficient that in its replacement. Developed on the thoroughly modified X0 platform, the sub-compact sedan will share some of its design bits from the Tiago hatchback. Read More – Upcoming Tata Cars In India
|Base Model||Rs 4 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 5.5 lakh|
Tata Motors is aiming to price the sub-compact sedan aggressively, undercutting most of its rivals in the market. The entry-level model could be priced as low as Rs 4.0 lakh, and the range-topping model might cost around Rs 5.5 lakh.
The exact launch date of the Kite 5 is yet to be announced, but media reports suggest that the vehicle could be introduced in March-April 2017. We will update you as soon as Tata announces its launch date.
|Engine||1.2-litre Revotron Petrol|
|Max Power||83.8bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Max Torque||114Nm @ 3,500rpm|
|Engine||1.05 Revotorq Diesel|
|Max Power||69.04bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Max Torque||140Nm @ 1,800rpm – 3,000rpm|
|Transmission Options||5-speed Manual & AMT|
The Tata Kite sedan will share its engine lineup with the Tiago hatchback. The petrol version will be powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Revotron-derived unit that churns out a maximum power output of 83.8bhp at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. On the other hand, the oil burner will be a 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged unit that is good for 69.04bhp at 4,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 1,8000rpm.
In order to reduce vibrations and noise, the company is likely to make some changes to its engines. Unveiled on the Manza Hybrid concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the turbocharged diesel motor is a downsized version of the 1.4-litre DiCOR unit. The new engine gets a stiffer block and counter balancing shafts. The new Tata sedan will come with a choice of a 5-speed manual and AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox.
The sub-compact sedan will be highly fuel efficient car. While the petrol version is expected to deliver around 20-22kmpl, the oil burner could return over 25kmpl of mileage.
– Zest-inspired headlights, bumpers and grille
– Large air intakes
– New tapering roof-lines
– Prominent window lines
– New electric power steering
– Spacious cabin
– Driver & front co-passenger airabgs
– Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Once launched, the Tata Kite 5 sedan will lock horns with products like Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Hyundai Xcent.
Tata’s upcoming budget sedan shares its platform with the Indigo eCS’s XO. Though, the carmaker has modified this architecture for achieving better rigidity and stability. Design of the Tata Kite sedan is quite contemporary and a lot more premium than the Indigo eCS. The car wears bold stance and aggressive styling.
As mentioned above, some of its design elements have been carried forward for the Tiago including headlights, bumpers, large air intakes, front grille, taillights, and spoilers. Furthermore, the sedan gets all-new tapering roof-lines and prominent window lines. Features such as fog lamps, alloy wheels and a high-mounted LED stop lamp are restricted to the top-spec model.
Step inside and the Kite sedan will greet you with a spacious and feature-loaded cabin. There is a Zest-inspired dashboard and instrument panel along with a pack of safety & comfort fitments. Though, these are presumed to be carrying impact of cost cutting measures. The interior will have various familiar bits of Tiago such as an 8-speaker 2-DIN audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, three spoke multi-function steering wheel, dual airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Some features will be reserved for the top-spec model such as a reverse parking camera, climate control, a rear centre armrest, USB, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity, dual front airbags and ABS. Just like the Tiago, the Tata Kite 5 sedan will have a new electric power steering. Compared to its replacement, it will be as spacious and comfortable. The sedan will offer a class-leading boot space of 420-litres. The suspension setup, too, will be tweaked for better handling and ride quality.