Tata Motors launched Tiago hatchback in April this year and the sales of the hatchback is averaging 4,000 units per month. The first car bearing Impact design language has become a successful model for Indian carmaker, but the company has not been carried away with the positive response. To keep the momentum going, it will launch the Tiago based sedan codenamed Kite 5 and the Tiago AMT during the Diwali period.
Tata Motors showcased the Kite 5 at the Auto Expo 2016, leaving very few things to the imagination. Unlike many compact sedans that come with disproportionate boot attached to the hatchback body, the Kite 5 has a more cohesive rear.
The Kite 5 will be based on the Tiago hatchback and iwill share the interiors and the powetrains with the hatchback. The Kite 5 will be powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel motors. The former will churn out 83.8bhp and 114Nm of torque, while the latter will develop 69bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. Both engines will be available with multi-drive modes — Eco and City.
The Kite 5, which might be named Canvas, Dribble or Ingrid, will take on the likes of Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Figo Aspire.
Also model coming up in the festive season is the Tiago petrol AMT. The model has been recently caught testing hinting at an imminent launch. Tata Motors currently offers AMT transmission option in the GenX Nano and the Zest diesel models. Tiago will be the third model to get AMT gearbox.
The AMT transmission will be mated to the 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine. A Tiago AMT diesel cannot be written off in a later stage. The AMT option in Tiago is expected to be offered from mid-level XM variant and prices are expected to start from Rs. 4.50 lakh.