Tata Tiago likely to get crossover avatar
Tata Tiago likely to get crossover avatar. Pictured: Modified Tiago showcased at Auto Expo 2016.IBTimes India

Tata is making ready a new crossover for the Indian market, which would be based on the company's current hot-selling model, the Tiago hatchback. The Tiago crossover is believed to have hit the Indian roads already for testing and is expected to hit the assembly line soon.

Tata is also working on a compact sedan based on the Tiago, which is also in its testing phase in the country. The compact sedan, codenamed Kite 5, is expected to make its market entry during the festive season this year.

The Kite 5 measures 3,995mm in length, 1,647mm in width and 1,535mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,450mm. Beside this, Tata is also expected to roll out Hexa MPV and the Nexon compact SUV in the coming months.

As the new crossover gets ready at the manufacturing unit of Tata, International Business Times India rounds up the key details we know so far of the upcoming crossover.

Tata Tiago crossover is likely to be monikered the Tiago Aktiv in India. It may be recalled that Tata had showcased a re-worked version of the Tiago — the Zica — at the Auto Expo earlier this year, which had the traits of a crossover.

It was being said that the Tiago crossover – the Tiago Aktiv — is likely to be made in limited numbers initially and Tata will increase the output after gauging the response.

The Tiago Aktiv is likely to get black plastic cladding on the tailgate, a skid plate at the rear, alloy wheels and cladding around the body.

The powerplant of the Tiago is likely to include the same engine that powers the Tiago hatchback. The Tiago is powered by 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol and 1.0-litre three-cylinder Revotorq diesel mills. While the petrol mill churns out 83.8bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, the 1.05- diesel engine produces 69bhp of power 4,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 1,800-3,000rpm. Both the engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Tata's upcoming crossover, the Tiago Aktiv, is likely to become the cheapest model in its segment when launched. It will be be priced slightly higher than the Tiago.