The Tata Kite 5 (project name) sedan which is based on the Tiago hatchback (previously known as Zica) has made its European premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The compact sedan complies with the Indian sub-4 metre norm and at the same time aspires to be the company’s volume puller in international markets.
Unlike other compact sedans in the Indian market which are primarily slap-a-boxy-boot-on-to-a-hatchback jobs, the Kite 5 adopts a slightly different body style with a fastback like rear. The styling of the front half of the vehicle however is carried over from the Tiago.
The hatchback sibling’s dashboard has been retained albeit the color theme is different. The sub-Zest compact sedan offers a Harman infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone enabled turn-by-turn navigation function.
The Kite 5 sedan is powered by 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel engines that debuted in the Tiago. The petrol motor is tuned to dish out 85 PS and 114 Nm of torque while the diesel motor generates 70 PS and 140 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. Tata may introduce an AMT at a later stage.
The Tata Kite 5 sedan is expected to adopt a new name when it goes on sale in India later this year. It will eventually be exported to several countries in Asia, Africa and South America.