Tata Motors has commenced the testing program of the 2015 Kite compact sedan in India. The 2015 Kite compact sedan will make its Indian debut next year, close on the heels of the Kite hatchback. While the Kite hatchback will replace the Indica, the compact sedan will arrive in place of the Indigo eCS. Both cars will be sold with petrol and diesel engine options. While 5 speed manual transmissions will be a given on both cars, an automated transmission option is something that Tata Motors would be seriously considering. By 2020, every other budget car sold in India is said to feature the AMT.
Tata Motors’ Mayank Pareek has noted that he expects the petrol-diesel split to be in the ratio of 55:45, on the back of diesel price deregulation. In this light, Tata Motors is likely to focus on petrol motors for the Kite hatchback and compact sedan, with turbocharging being a possible route for the motors. The diesel motors on both cars is likely to be lifted from the Manza Hybrid concept that was displayed at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. The diesel motor on the Manza Hybrid is a turbocharged, common rail 1.05 liter-3 cylinder unit that churns out 65 Bhp-140 Nm.
Apart from petrol power, the Kite twins are also likely to host CNG/LPG options given the steadily growing demand in India, for cars powered by these fuels. The Kite compact sedan is expected to be one of the sharpest looking cars from Tata Motors. A notchback design is likely for the car, in a boot design that is reminiscent of the first generation Skoda Octavia. The Kite twins will be positioned as budget cars aimed at big volumes. The cars are likely to roll out of Tata Motors’ Sanand factory, a facility that is currently underutilized due to the low production of the Nano.