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Tata Kite sedan test mule shows off rear design

Tata Kite sedan new spied

Tata’s sub-Zest compact sedan is on its way to succeed Indigo eCS. New spyshots give a basic idea on its rear fascia design.

Tata Kite sedan (codename) will cater to a segment well below the current crop of sub-4 metre three-box cars, thereby taking the fight straight towards B-segment hatchbacks like Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Ritz and upcoming Ford Figo.

New Tata sedan Kite spied

Kite sedan could have its bootlid and windshield integrated to provide a wide hatchback-like access to the luggage compartment.

With value-for-money quotient written all over it, the upcoming Tata sedan would be a spiritual successor to Indigo eCS which created the sub-4 sedan metre segment. While the new Tata small sedan will target personal car buyers, Indigo eCS would soldier on with commercial operators as its primary customer base.

Kite sedan derives the styling from its hatchback sibling until the B-pillar post which the roofline starts a smooth descend before merging into a stubby boot. The prototype clearly reveals the shut line of the rear door and a huge green house.

Tata Kite sedan new spied

Kite sedan would receive new petrol and diesel engines.

The test mule makes do with ad-hoc headamps and taillights but the cavities give us a basic idea of the shapes. From the looks of it, Kite sedan could be a notchback with boot lid and rear windshield integrated to form a wide opening hatch door. Such an setup would greatly enhance its practicality.

Based on a heavily refurbished version of India eV2’s XO platform, Kite twins are expected to receive new petrol and diesel engines. A 1.2-litre three-cylinder aluminium block petrol engine and a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo diesel are the likely candidates. While a 5-speed manual transmission will be standard, it remains to be seen whether an AMT will be offered or not.

Tata Kite sedan spied rear three quarter

Launch is expected in 2016, possibly at the Auto Expo in February.

With an estimated price range of INR 4.5 – 6.5 lakhs (ex-showroom), Kite compact sedan will be crucial for Tata Motors growth in short and medium term.

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