As we all know Tata Motors is gearing up for the launch of their new hatchback, codenamed Kite, in India. The model, which is currently in its testing phase in the country, was caught on camera numerous times and the auto lovers have a clear idea as to what to expect from the model.
Although Tata Kite was rumoured to come with Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT), which is the latest sensation in the Indian auto market, a new TeamBHP report states that Tata's upcoming hatchback is likely to come equipped an e-clutch system and not AMT.
What is e-clutch system?
The e-clutch system works similar to AMT, but it allows drivers to use manual transmission for first gear without using the clutch. Developed by Bosch in 2013, e-clutch system is reportedly cost-effective as it saves fuel.
Kite hatchback, a possible replacement of Tata's Indica, is expected to pack the company's new 1.05 litre three-cylinder common-rail diesel motor, which can churn out power of 64.1bhp and 14.27kgm of torque, and the all-new 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood.
Expected to hit the showrooms by mid-2015, Tata Kite will be pitted against Maruti Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10, in the domestic market and is likely to carry a price tag of around ₹4 lakh.
The previous spy shots have shown us a design, inspired by Tata Bolt and Zest, and the model is likely to include features like body-coloured rear-view mirrors and diamond-cut eight-wheel alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, Tata Kite is likely to boast a design similar to Bolt, but will not feature touch-screen system and automatic climate control.