Production of Tata Tiago (previously known as Zica) has commenced at the automaker’s Sanand plant in Gujarat. The small car is the second model to be produced at the facility which was initially established a dedicated manufacturing unit for the Nano.
ET reports that Tata Motors has been producing the car for the last two months and about 1,800 units have been produced so far. The company is said to be sorting out the final details of regulatory registrations ahead of an impending launch.
The Tiago is based on a heavily refurbished Indica platform but employs two brand new engines. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine dishes out 85 PS and 114 Nm of torque while the 1.0-litre three-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine makes 70 PS and 140 Nm of torque. Both motors are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. An AMT is expected to be added to the lineup down the line.
The Zica adopts a fresh design inside out and boasts of iconic footballer Lionel Messi as its global brand ambassador. The high profile endorsement deal strongly indicates that Tata Motors is betting big on the new hatchback’s prospects in export markets as well.
The Tata Tiago will also spawn a stylish sub-4 metre notchback, the Kite 5 (codename), which was unveiled at the Auto Expo. The twins would be responsible for bringing the automaker’s passenger vehicle division back to the front line.