If the emerging reports are anything to go by, Tata Motors is close to finalising the name for its upcoming compact sedan, codenamed Kite 5. The Kite 5, which made its debut in production-guise at Auto Expo 2016 in February, is expected to go on sale in India during the festive season of this year.
Although previously rumour had it that the Kite 5 would be monikered as Sway, it now appears like Tata has dismissed that from the probable list. A MotorOctane report, citing sources close to the development of Kite 5, suggests that Tata Motors has narrowed down the search to three names: Dribble Canvas and Ingrid. However, nothing has been finalised yet.
Tata Kite 5, the compact sedan based on the Tiago hatchback platform, measures 3,995mm in length, 1,647mm in width and 1,535mm in height. The model, which embodies Tata's new Impact design language, wears chrome Humanity Line at the front that extends into the dual chamber headlamps, LED tail lamps and bold shoulder lines.
To be pitted against Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Figo Aspire in the domestic market, the Kite 5 will be offered in both 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.
Tata Kite 5 is expected to come equipped with safety features like dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC).