Indian automaker Tata Motors – famous for the unsuccessful Nano and the parenting of Britain’s Jaguar Land Rover – has revealed the first couple of official pictures with its new Zica model that will reach dealerships starting in 2016.
We knew the model as the Tata Kite, but now the Zica has been renamed after the “Zippy Car” moniker and is scheduled to replace the ageing Indica across the local Indian auto market. Its sector rivals include the Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and the Hyundai i10. Tata has commented on the model saying it’s brand new but in fact the Zica will ride on a refreshed version of the regular Indica architecture – with the latter most likely ready to live out a new lease as an entry into the commercial car segment. The latest rumors form India put the Zica using an all new 3-cylinder, 1.2-liter gasoline mill and an economical option – a 1.05-liter diesel engine. The latter will actually be a downsized variant of the current 1.4-liter powerplant and both would be mated to a standard manual transmission or an optional automated manual gearbox.
The official images have not exposed the interior as well but the spied Zica has revealed a basic cabin layout with electric windows, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and features expected to be present include dual front airbags, 2-DIN audio system, rear wiper with washer, and ABS with EBD. More upscale variants will also sport alloy wheels, fog lamps, parking sensors as well as a 60:40-split folding rear back seat.