Tata Motors, the home-grown automaker, seems aggressive in strengthening its market position with a new product range. The first all new product to come out of Tata’s stable was the Zest, and soon we will see the Bolt. One more product that the Indian automaker is planning to bring in is a small hatchback which is most likely to be called – the Kite. The vehicle was recently caught testing in Pune.
The all new Kite hatchback will replace the Indica in India. The spy shot suggests that the Kite might be based on the new design language. The side profile could be identical to the Bolt. Built on the modified Indica’s XO platform, the Kite will be a lot better car in terms of design, quality and driving dynamics than the Indica.
From inside, as the earlier spy shots show, the hatchback will be equipped with a smaller steering wheel and rectangular air-con vents. The vehicle is likely to be loaded with various features, and share some equipment with the Bolt.
Powering the new Kite hatch will be the Bolt’s 1.2-litre petrol engine, and a new 1.05-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine. The oil burner is expected to produce power of 64bhp with 142Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox will be on offer, while an AMT is too might be launched as an option.
We don’t expect that Tata Motors will launch the hatchback early 2015, as they are busy testing and launching the new Bolt hatchback, which is scheduled to be rolled out by the end of December.