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.
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.
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.