Tata Zica
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Putting an end to all rumours of Tata's upcoming hatchback replacing its best selling Indica, the company has now confirmed that Zica would be sold alongside the Indica in the country.

Tata Zica, the third offering of the company under Horizonext umbrella, is scheduled to hit the showrooms in early 2016. The model, which was unveiled on 1 December in India, was long-rumoured to be the replacement of Tata's best-selling model in the Taxi segment -- Indica. Now, a Financial express report quoted Girish Wagh -- senior VP, programme planning and management (passenger cars) at Tata Motors -- revealed that Tata Zica is not the replacement of Indica and both the models will be sold simultaneously.

Tata, which roped in the Argentinean footballer and Spanish club Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, as the new face of the brand to promote its new hatchback Zica targets the young buyers with its new hatchback. Zica, which rivals Maruti Celerio, Hyundai Grandi10 and Chevrolet Beat, is expected to be priced aggressively. Although the cost of Zica is yet to be revealed, expect to it to be pegged at Rs 3.6 lakh.

Under the hood, Tata Zica will include 1.2-litre three-cylinder DOHC aluminum motor and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel engine. While the petrol engine is tuned to dish out 83.8bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3500 rpm, the diesel mill is capable of putting out 69bhp of power 4000 rpm and 140Nm of torque between 1800 – 3000 rpm.

Zica measures 3746 mm long, 1647 mm wide, 1535 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2400 mm. It comes with a ground clearance of 170 mm and offers a boot space of 242 liters.

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