Tata Bolt’s younger sibling, Kite spied for first time
To launch sometime in 2015 is yet another small car from the stables of Tata Motors. Named Tata Kite, a prototype of which was spied testing, appears to be smaller than Bolt hatchback but larger than world’s cheapest car, Nano.
The upcoming Tata Kite once launched will find rivals in the form of Maruti Celerio, Honda Brio and Hyundai i10. Tata Kite is expected to receive turbo petrol and diesel engines and will also get F-Tronic automated manual transmission soon to make its debut on board the Zest. Tata Motors will be manufacturing the new Kite at their plant in Sanand, Gujarat which is currently lying underutilized.
No pricing details have been revealed as on date but Kite from Tata Motors could be priced from INR 4-6 lakhs. It will be based on an Indica XO platform. With the launch of Kite, Tata Motors hopes to gain back some standing in the B segment which would be critical for the company to up their sales figures which have been lower than expectations.
Tata Motors is also gearing up for launch of their new Zest sedan and Bolt hatchback in August and September respectively. These two cars will also be offered in same petrol and diesel options with diesel variant being powered by a 1.3 liter Quadrajet motor producing 90 PS peak power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm and a 1.2 liter four cylinder turbocharged Revotron engine offering 85 PS power at 5,000 rpm and 140 Nm torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm.
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