The upcoming Tata Kite hatchback continues to be spied. Multiple sources have come up with spyshots of camouflaged test mules, revealing more details about its exterior and interior.
The Tata Kite is an upcoming hatchback set to be positioned in between the Nano and the Bolt. The Kite will be based on the erstwhile Indica’s platform. It is expected to be launched towards the fag end of 2015. The Kite will lock horns with the Maruti-Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat. As seen from the above spyshot, the Kite will be heavily inspired from the Indica hatchback.
However, to dispel the cost-cutting aura that surrounded the Indica, the Kite will come with extensively reworked interiors and mechanicals.
One of the interior spyshots showed newer AC vents accompanied by a redesigned steering wheel. True, there will be lots of parts sharing between the Kite, Indica and the Bolt, but the Kite will be differentiated from the others with the help of newer exteriors. The interiors will be significantly revamped, too. Tata Motors expects to gain a better foothold in the B-Segment with the help of the Kite hatchback.
The Tata Kite could be powered by the new 1.2 Litre Revotron petrol engine. There will also be a diesel option, probably in the form of Fiat’s renowned 1.3 Liter MultiJet diesel. The powerplants will be paired to 5-Speed manual gearboxes. However, there is a slim probability of Tata Motors introducing their Automated Manual Transmission on the Kite. Currently, Tata Motors is testing an AMT-equipped variant of the Nano.
The Kite will be produced at Tata Motors’ Sanand facility in Gujarat. This plant was set up exclusively for the Nano, but it has been lying dormant in the wake of sluggish demand. Tata Motors hopes to utilise the production capacity to its hilt with the Kite hatchback. Initial estimates suggest about 1.5 lakh units of the Kite being rolled out per year. That is, infact, a very ambitious target!
Can the Tata Kite garner such a huge sales volume?