About Tata Zica
Tata Zica will be the carmaker’s attempt to regain lost ground in the Indian passenger car market. The new Tata hatchback, which will be manufactured at the carmaker’s facility in Sanand, Gujarat, will enter the entry-level hatchback segment that fields products from brands like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.
Tata Zica Preview
Tata Zica, the carmaker’s entrant for the entry-level hatchback segment that was previously known as Kite, doesn’t have much in common with the Tata Bolt or even the Indica. From the looks of it, Tata Motors has worked really hard on this one, making it the best looking car under its badge so far. Tata Zica’s pictures leave little room for doubt about the fact that the company’s fresh approach for this hatchback.
Tata Zica Exteriors
The treatment on the whole is contemporary, unlike other Tata cars; up front sits the signature Tata grille albeit with slight tweaks. The radiator grille meets neatly with the swept-back head-lamps, although it isn’t a single unit – the head-lamp cluster has been placed separately. Fog-lamps are housed on the lower front grille. View from side is rather appealing, giving prominence to the sharp window line and creases at the bottom. Moreover, the gap between arches and wheels is balanced perfectly without making it appear awkward. The Tata Zica’s rear has also been given an apt finishing touch with wrap-around tail-lamps, an eminent integrated spoiler, and sharp creases on the boot-lid.
Tata Zica Interiors
Interiors too have been worked upon meticulously not just in terms of styling but the quality of plastic used is premium and there is enough room for occupants, especially for rear passengers. Storage space is generous within the cabin and features aboard include a responsive steering wheel borrowed from Zest and Bolt. A ConnectNext infotainment system along with other contemporary features like Aux-In, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity might be packed inside. Another significant feature likely to be seen inside is the smartphone-based navigation (exclusive to android users). Since Zica is placed in the lower B segment, the hatchback may miss out on a touch-screen along with a couple of other features. Eminent safety equipment like ABS, EBD and dual front airbags may not be offered as standard across line-up (save for high end trims) to cut down on the Zica price. Tata may also offer dealer-level customization options to the customer to spruce-up cabin.
Tata Zica Engine Specs
Under the engine hood of Zica will sit new units of petrol and diesel powerplants, the petrol mill with a capacity of 1.2 litres has been hand-picked from the Tata Motors’ Revotron family of engines. Featuring three cylinders, the engine is built of aluminium backed by DOHC technology. Top power and torque output for the petrol engine is expected to be 83.8 Bhp and 114 Nm respectively. Diesel variants on the other hand are expected to employ a newly built 1.05 litre Revotorq powertrain. The 1.05 litre diesel engine is fundamentally a stripped down version of the 1405cc diesel powertrian seen in Indica. Unlike the original version, the low displacement diesel motor features just three cylinders. Built of aluminium, the DOHC powered diesel mill is tuned to generate maximum power of 69 Bhp along with 140 Nm of torque. A conventional five-speed manual gearbox will be synced to petrol and diesel units, Tata may introduce an AMT equipped version on petrol variants at a later stage followed by diesel variants.
Tata Zica Expected Price
Expected price: The lower B segment is currently dominated by Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Suzuki Celerio with the AMT gearbox available exclusively on the latter. Hence a better designed and feature rich Zica stands a great chance to overpower rivals in this division only if it is priced right. Therefore to undercut stern competition in the respective segment, Tata will have to price Zica competitively in India. The expected price for the range starting variant is around under Rs 4 lakh, which is viable for buyers of lower B segment.
Tata Zica Expected Launch Date
Tata Motors could launch Zica hatchback in India early next year in January. Hence the grand launch is expected to take place before the commencement of 13th Auto Expo.