After successfully launching their two new cars – Bolt and Zest in a period of six months, Tata Motors is now getting ready to launch two more cars in the same segment.
As of now, these two cars are codenamed Kite (Bolt and Zest were codenamed Falcon). Just like Falcon siblings, Kite siblings will also be offered in hatchback and sedan format, in a similar dimension. But, the difference being, these two will mostly cater to the taxi market and not the passenger market. Where the Falcon siblings focused on performance, features, luxury, comfort, gadgets, etc, the Kite siiblings will feature on fuel efficiency, cost saving interiors, and bare minimum features.
Kite hatchback will replace the ageing Indica hatchback, while the Kite sedan will replace Indigo sedan. Both Indica and Indigo sales are mostly registered because of taxi fleet owners. Thanks to numerous spy shots and renderings, we have an idea as to how the Kite hatchback will look like once launched. But there was no update on how the interiors might look, until now.
The image above, is the first spy shot of Tata Kite dashboard. The image reveals that though the dashboard design is inspired by that of Bolt, it missing state of the art features which were seen on Bolt. For eg, Tata Kite will not feature touchscreen AVN system, nor it has automatic climate control. Surprisingly, the steering wheel is of the same quality, and also features controls to MID display and audio system. The quality of centre console also looks very plasticky, as compared to the glossy premium finish given to Bolt.
On closer inspection, you can also see electric controls to the ORVM and same quality gear knob. Apart from these, Kite will also feature changes under the hood. Tata Kite will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine is expected to be a downtuned variant of Tata’s 1.2l Revotron engine, while the diesel engine is a newly developed 1.05l three cylinder mill generating 65 PS and 142 Nm torque. To be manufactured at Tata’s Sanand plant, Kite hatchback will have a starting price tag of under Rs 4 lakhs.
Spy shots credit – MotorOctane