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Narain Karthikeyan takes to the wheel of Tata Kite hatchback: Spied in Lonavala

narain karthikeyan tests tata kite
narain karthikeyan tests tata kite

Narain Karthikeyan was seen in Lonavala checking out power and performance of the soon to be launched Tata Kite.

Though heavily camouflaged, the Tata Kite appeared to be in production ready guise when India’s first Formula 1 racer Narain Karthikeyan took it out to test in Lonavala. The racer has been actively involved in testing Tata cars, including the new Bolt and Zest.

narain karthikeyan tests tata kite

Narain Karthikeyan in the driver’s seat of upcoming Tata Kite hatchback.

Kite is an internal name Tata Motors has given to the hatchback, much in the same way as the Zest and Bolt were named Falcon 4 and Falcon 5. With launch of the Kite hatchback slated for later this year, the Kite sedan will follow sometime early 2016. Both these cars are expected to take the place of the Indica and Indigo eCS.

Tata Kite hatchback on test sported projector headlamps, alloy wheels and well defined bumpers. It takes on many styling cues from the Tata Bolt and will sport a large air dam, round foglamps and a circular defogger.

Engine specifications on board the upcoming Tata Kite will include 1.05 litre 3 cylinder common rail diesel engine offering out power of 64.1bhp and 14.27kgm of torque, and the 1.2 litre petrol engine, which powers the new Bolt and Zest. Both these engines will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox while top end variants will receive AMT.

2016 Tata Kite

An entry level price point of INR 3.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) can be expected.

Tata Kite will be produced from the Tata Motors plant in Sanand, Gujarat and will come in to compete against the Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Wagon R, Maruti Celerio and Hyundai i10. Pricing estimates position the Tata Kite hatchback in the INR 3.5 to 4.75 lakh range.

2016 Tata Kite

Kite will have new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines on board.

2016 Tata Kite

Rear fascia styling brakes Tata’s conventional design direction for good.



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Pearl Daniels

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Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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  • Peter Brown

    Circular Defogger Lokks Stunning…

  • Jayram Uraon

    Looking very good, hope do well in Indian market. Along side kite hatch and sedan I feel more focus on SUV’s. Today’s buyer’s interested in SUV’s. And Tata go for complete makeover in all old cars.