Tata Zica (Kite)
Tata Zica (Kite)Tata Motors

Tata Motors officially unveiled the pictures of the Zica hatchback, which was previously codenamed the Kite. The Zica sports distinctive styling in comparison to the other Tata Motors cars and adopts an all new design language.

The front of the car features Tata's new signature honeycomb-grille with chrome touch and smoked headlamps. The head lamps are really large in size yet look cohesive to overall design. The side profile of the new Zica looks a lot like Ford's new Figo hatchback. The prominent shoulder line adds character to the car in the sides. The newly-designed alloy wheels can also be seen in the pictures.

Tata Zica
Tata ZicaTata Motors

At the rear, the newly-styled tail lamp looks clean and well proportionate. The integrated spoiler and black colored touches around the rear number plates add sportiness at the rear. It is commendable that Tata has taken a serious advance in design and the car looks in line with the European cars. Tata has given a standalone design to Zica and there is no resemblance to the Indica, which the new car replaces.

Tata Motors is yet to release the pictures of the interior. The previous leaked images indicate a cabin similar to Bolt and Zest and it appears that it has the same steering wheel as Bolt. The top-end variant of Tata Zica is expected to get Harman infotainment system with a touchscreen display and steering mounted audio and call controls. The hatchback is also expected to get height-adjustable driver seat, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD. The Zica's features list is also expected to include electrically adjustable ORVMs and rear defogger.

To be offered in both petrol and diesel engines, the power line-up of Zica is expected to include a new 1.05-litre three-cylinder common-rail diesel motor that can churn out 64.1bhp and 140Nm of torque, and an all-new 1.2-litre petrol engine. The transmission duty in Zica is likely to be handled by five speed gearbox and we also hear there could be an AMT variant on offer.

The launch of the car is expected towards the end of December 2015 and deliveries will begin by January 2016.

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