The Tata Zica (codenamed Kite) hatchback will be launched in Indian markets in the first week of January, 2016. Having recently signed Lionel Messi, one of the world’s all-time greatest football players, as its brand ambassador, the Indian conglomerate is pushing hard to try and change public perception on the level of quality associated with the Tata brand and has upped its game significantly. The company also revealed that the moniker ‘Zica’ was derived from the term ‘ZIppy CAr’ which indicates that the all-new Indica replacement will offer improved performance. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Tata Zica hatchback.
Despite the Zica sharing its wheelbase, rudimentary profile, and XO platform with the outgoing Tata Indica eV2, both cars look completely different. Upon its launch, the Zica will become the third vehicle to be launched under Tata’s HorizoNext design strategy after the Tata Zest compact sedan and Tata Bolt hatchback. This new design initiative involves inputs from the company’s design centres in Coventry, Turin and Pune. The front-end will feature Tata’s new signature honeycomb-grille with a chrome ‘Humanity Line’ that runs into the car’s smoked head-lamps. Although the teaser video and images that the company has revealed don’t show the entire vehicle, other visible design elements include a prominent shoulder line that runs through the door handles and culminates in the wraparound section of the newly designed tail-lamp cluster.
Powering Tata’s new hatchback will be a newly developed 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder diesel unit that puts out 64bhp and 140Nm of torque. The engine is reportedly a reworked version of the old 1.4-litre diesel unit that was used by Tata and should return a healthy mileage of around 25Km/l. The Zica will also be available with a new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol unit which is currently in use on the more premium Tata Bolt hatchback and Tata Zest sedan although it reportedly may be re-tuned for the Zica. Both engine variants will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox although Tata may later choose to introduce an AMT variant of the Zica as well.