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Tata Kite 5 Preview Featured

Written by  Jan 30, 2017

Tata Motors had for a long time been testing replacements for the Indica and the Indigo eCS.

It took the wraps off the Indica replacement last year and dubbed it the Zica. It is now expected to get a replacement for the Indigo eCS which it is likely to call the Sway. The revamped vehicle is expected to offer good value for money for consumers on a budget. 

Tata has showcased the car at the 2016 Auto Expo.

Exterior

We have seen the Tata Zica in the metal and know that the Sway will look just the same all the way to the C-pillar. However, in a bid to separate the two cars Tata is likely to modify the grille of the latter. The side profile will mimic that of the Zica while the boot (based on the test mules) will be stubby and have the same tail lamps as the hatchback. However, it is also likely to get some additional chrome and will get the number plate on the bootlid.

Interior

The Tata Sway will get the same swanky cabin as the Zica right down to the layout of the instrument cluster. Design elements include a grey and black dashboard with grey seats, colour inserts for the aircon vents, 2-DIN music system, climate control and steering mounted audio controls. However, given that this is a compact sedan, the space at the back will definitely be more than that of the hatchback. Expect boot space to be in the region of 350-litres to 400-litres.

Engine and Gearbox

The petrol engine for the Sway will be the 1.2-litre Revotron motor that produces 84bhp/140Nm of torque. The diesel on the other hand, will be the 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder unit that produces 69bhp/140Nm of torque which by the look of things may seem inadequate. Both engines are offered only with a five-speed manual.

Price and Competition

The new Sway compact sedan will be placed below the Zest and might be priced in the Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh range. At this price point for a budget sedan segment, it will create a huge impact on the sub-four metre sedans like the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent.

Last modified on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:28

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