Tata Motors has just commenced testing the Kite compact sedan, which is meant to replace the Indigo eCS in the Indian automaker’s entry level sedan line up. Like the Indigo eCS, the Kite will be a sub-4 meter compact sedan and will be the second such offering from Tata Motors, in addition to the Zest. The Kite compact sedan will have a hatchback sibling, which is due for a launch next year. Tata Motors will first launch the Kite hatchback next year, followed by the compact sedan, which is primed for a late 2015 launch. The Kite hatchback will replace the Indica.
Coming to the Kite compact sedan that was spotted testing outside Tata Motors’ Pimpri factory, the car will come with one of the freshest designs seen on a Tata budget car. The Kite compact sedan will look more European than Oriental and will featureTata Motors’ brand new and aggressive design language. While the Zest plastered camouflaging is designed to fool spotters, the rear door gives Tata Motors’ game away. The car will be sold with petrol and diesel engines. While turbocharging is a given for the diesel motor, the petrol motor may also see the addition of a turbocharger now that the automaker has introduced the REVOTRON motor on the Zest.
The 1.05 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel motor featured on the Tata Manza Hybrid is likely to make the cut into the Kite hatchback and compact sedan cars. Expect both manual and automated manual transmissions on the Kite compact sedan. The big story around the Kite compact sedan is likely to be its value-for-money quotient. The car will be positioned under the Zest in terms of price and positioning. A starting price close to the 4 lakh rupees mark will mean the Kite compact sedan will be a compelling alternate to B-Segment hatchbacks sold in India.