TATA Kite hatchback has been spied testing in Pune. The hatchback code-named as Kite has been caught a couple of times, but this time it has been photographed with some production spec body panels, but the headlights and tail lights are still not production ready. A significant change seen is that Christmas tree tail lights can be seen replaced by new smaller tail lights. The test mule was spotted in Pune, Maharashtra. The test mule is devoid of body colored rear view mirrors. The front brakes are non ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes at the rear. The mule was spotted with 8 spoke diamond cut alloys.
TATA used the vista platform for their Zest and soon to launch Bolt, whereas the kite hatchback uses the Indica’s platform. A compact sedan based on the kite hatchback is also under testing. Both models are expected to launch this year to replace the ageing Indica and Indigo CS in India. TATA is expected to completely overhaul the interiors as well as exteriors of all its models to revive its not so pleasant sales figures.
The Kite is expected to be powered by both Petrol and Diesel engines. A new 1.05 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel motor is being rumored to be under development with 64.1 BHP of power and 140 NM of torque, similar to the Tata Manza Hybrid that was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo. The 1.2 liter REVOTRON turbo petrol motor from the Bolt/Zest is also expected to make way. Both the engines are expected to be offered in manual as well as the Automated manual transmission. The Tata Kite and the Kite based sedan is expected to be produced at the Sanand facility in Gujarat.
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Source – Motoroids