CarToq has managed to snap up more of the Tata Kite hatchback, which is just out of the Tata Motors factory at Pimpri, on testing duties. The new set of spyshots reveal a honeycomb grille up front, a detail that is now making it to multiple Tata cars. At the rear, the car shows a steep roofline with C-Pillar that rakes downwards. Also, X’Mas tree tail lamps seem to be have been ditched to make way for horizontal, wraparound units, similar to the ones seen on the upcoming Bolt hatchback. The Kite sits lower than the Nano and in terms of sizing, the car looks smaller than the Vista hatchback.
Although we have a couple of images of the Tata Kite’s interiors, heavy camouflaging rules the roost there as well. So, the interiors remain a mystery for now. The Tata Kite will serve as an entry-level hatchback slotted in between the Nano and the Indica. The car is expected to be Tata Motors’ answer to the likes of the Maruti Alto and the Datsun Go. In line with that, a sub-3 lakh rupee starting price seems likely for the new Tata hatchback. Petrol and turbo diesel engine options are likely to be offered on the Kite, which is also expected to gain an automated manual transmission option.
The Kite hatchback may eventually spawn a compact sedan that could be one of the least priced products in its category. The hatchback will roll out of Tata Motors’ Sanand factory in Gujarat, and will help the automaker improve its capacity utilization, an area of struggle considering the Nano’s lackluster sales. The Kite is expected to be launched next year and this is pretty much the summary of what we know about the Kite hatchback.