Tata Motors is developing two new compact cars in the sub-4 meter category, the Kite hatchback and compact sedan. The Kite hatchback, code-named the X0 will be launched next year and is said to be a replacement to the Indica hatchback. The Kite based compact sedan will replace the Indigo eCS. The Kite hatchback will sit in between the Nano and the Bolt in terms of price and positioning, while the Kite compact sedan will sit under the Zest.

2015 Tata Kite Hatchback Render Photo
CarToq's speculative render of the 2015 Tata Kite B Segment Hatchback

New details have emerged about the engines that the Kite hatchback and compact sedan cars are expected to use. The 1.05 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engine, which first made an appearance on the Manza Hybrid at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, will make it to the engine bays of the Kite hatchback and compact sedan. This motor will replace the 1.4 liter TDI turbo diesel engine, which is currently on the Indica and Vista models, as Tata Motors’ new entry level diesel engine.

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The 1.05 liter turbo diesel engine will use common rail injection technology and is likely to output 65 Bhp and 140 Nm. The other engine that Tata Motors is said to planning for deployment on the new car duo is an all-new 1.2 liter petrol motor. Details of this engine are scarce at the moment. LPG and CNG options could supplement the petrol engine’s fuel options while an automated manual transmission could be the perfect foil to the manual transmission equipped competition.

Tata Motors is starting off with a clean sheet for the Kite twins and consequently, the design of the new hatchback and compact sedan is likely to be contemporary. While Tata Motors’ family design cues, seen on cars such as the Zest and Bolt, are likely to make it to the Kite twins, plenty of differentiation in terms of styling is to be expected. For the interiors and features, Foraging part bins of other Tata compact cars will be a necessity if Tata Motors intends to price the Kite twins competitively.

One of Tata Motors’biggest flops in recent times, the Nano hatchback, is causing steep production cuts at the automaker’s factory in Sanand, Gujarat. With plenty of production capacity to spare, the pressure is on Tata Motors to utilize the Sanand factory to its true potential. The production of the Kite hatchback and compact sedan will be one way in which Tata Motors will seek to utilize the capacity at Sanand more efficiently.

Via AutocarIndia


  1. good going tata…all the very best….i just hope these cars are in top notch quality…but the revetron is also a 1.2 ltr engine so y is tata developing a new 1.2 ltr motor???

  2. I have heard that most Tata cars are designed to seat tall people comfortably. Hence the tall round design. The reason being that Ratan Tata is very tall and every design that is made is checked by him and he insists that it should be taller.
    So I believe that the Kite will have the Tata family design lines.
    The 1.0 lt diesel engine is a great choice for the main consumers for Tata, the Taxi segment. The engines have decent power and with the 1.0 lt engines, I believe they will have better fuel efficiency than the present engines.
    I believe the Kite and Kite compact sedan would be a replacement for the Indica and Indigo and the Zest and bolt for the Manza and Vista.
    If they manage to maintain the standard levels that they have shown in Zest, this is quite an aggressive foot forward from Tata.

    I also hope they add AMT in the Nano, and include some safety features too and start marketing it as a premium City car.

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