If latest reports are anything to go by, Tata Motors Kite 5 compact sedan will see the light of the day during the festive season this year. The Kite 5, the compact sedan based on the platform of the soon-to-be-launched Tiago, is believed to be in its final stages of testing in the country.
Work on the Kite 5, which made its public appearance at the Auto Expo 2016, seems to be progressing rapidly. A report on MotorOctane, citing sources close to the development of the Kite 5 project, claimed the company will launch the compact sedan in the Indian market during the festive season of this year, with probable launch date is in October. The report added that Tata is considering names like Canvas, Dribble and Ingrid for the Kite 5. However, nothing has been finalised.
Powering the all-new Kite 5 compact sedan, which embodies Tata's new Impact design language, will be petrol and diesel engines. While the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will churn out 83.8bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, the all-new 1.05-litre, three-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine will develop 69bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. Both engines will be available with multi-drive modes — Eco and City.
In terms of dimensions, the Tata Kite 5 measures 3,995mm in length, 1,647mm in width and 1,535mm in height. On the safety front, Kite 5 houses dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC).
From what we have seen so far, the Kite 5 flaunts chrome Humanity Line at the front that extends into the dual chamber headlamps, LED tail lamps and bold shoulder lines. When launched in India, the Kite 5 is expected to challenge the likes Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Figo Aspire.