While the Nano was recently refreshed, both the Indica and the segment that it caters to were ignored for a very long time. However, Tata Motors will kill two birds with one stone, with the upcoming Zica hatchback. Earlier referred to as Kite (codename), the Zica is likely to be the first car that’s launched with Lionel Messi as the new brand ambassador.
Delving into the details (reports and speculations), the Zica will also have a compact saloon version – Indigo eCS replacement. Powering the range will be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.05-litre diesel unit. Both of these are three cylinder units and newly developed. Presence of AMT (automated manual transmission) is likely, alongside the standard manual gearboxes.
Recently teased in a video, it appears that the car brings a fresh design, which neither the Bolt nor the Gen-X Nano quite managed. Underneath, it has a modified version of the platform that underpinned the Indica, with a lot of changes, including a new suspension system, and the new electronic power-assisted steering, etc.
It remains to be seen what Tata Motors does to the pricing, but it will be positioned between the Nano and the Bolt, so expect it to retail close to Rs 3.5 lakhs.