Tata Motors continues to test its new Kite hatchback, which will replace its long-running Indica. Under the company’s Horizonext strategy, the next launch after the Bolt hatchback is expected to be the Kite hatchback and design will bear the Tata’s latest formula, debuted in the form of Tata Zest compact sedan. But it would not carry any design resemblance to Tata Indica.
The Kite is based on a modified version of the Indica platform, and will be positioned below the Bolt, and will get a sedan version (Indigo eCS replacement) too. Just that it won’t be called as such when it makes its debut sometime next year. Instead, it will be getting an all-new moniker to get rid of its taxi image. Tata Kite is assumed to be spacious on the inside, still looking compact from the outside.
Petrol engine available for the Indica-replacement should be similiar to those available in the Zest and Bolt – 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, while its diesel counterparts will get an all-new 1.05-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine, which is a derivative of the company’s 1.4-litre DiCOR diesel engine. An automated manual transmission (AMT) is also likely to be offered, alongside the standard manual gearbox.
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Source – IndianAutosBlog