Tata Motors showcased the compact sedan sibling of the Tiago hatchback, codenamed Kite 5, at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. The compact sedan was supposed to enter the market in the second half of 2016 but the launch has been postponed to mid-2017. Emerging reports indicate that Tata Motors have shortlisted a few names for the Kite 5.
The production-spec Kite 5 likely to be called Tata Viago or Tata Altigo, reports MotorOctane. Tata Motors wanted to end the name of the compact sedan with 'go', in line with the hatchback Tiago's name and that reflects in the new names. The other name that has been shortlisted is Tata Tigor.
The names previously rumoured for the Kite 5 were Sway, Dribble, Canvas and Ingrid. It was reported that in June 2015, Tata Motors had registered the names Zica and Sway for its upcoming product. The Zica was later renamed to Tiago after the Zika virus outbreak hit several countries. The company has not yet released any official statement about the name of the Kite 5.
The Kite 5 is based on the same platform as the Tiago. It measures 3,995mm in length, 1,647mm in width and 1,535mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,450mm. It will feature chrome Humanity Line at the front that extends to the dual chamber headlamps, LED tail lamps and bold shoulder lines.
Kite 5 will boast of five-inch touchscreen infotainment system with USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity and six-speaker sound system. On the safety front, the compact sedan is expected to come equipped with dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and corner stability control (CSC).
Under the hood, Kite 5 will the borrow 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel motor from the Tiago. The petrol engine will churn out 83.8bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm while the diesel engine will develop 69bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. Both engines will be available with multi-drive modes — Eco and City.