Tata Motors teases new hatch, allegedly named Kite image

The Indian automaker, most famous for failing to popularize the most affordable car in the world – the Nano – but also for owning British luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover, has released a teaser with its upcoming new hatchback.

Tentatively named Kite (yet unconfirmed), the model is going to be unveiled during the first week of December, with the subcompact auto based off the Indica model and coming both in sedan and hatchback guises. The sedan model is expected to premiere later on during the first months of next year. The pair has been billed as “all new”, with the duo slated to replace the Indica and the Indigo eCS in private sales, with the older models continuing a new lease of life (pun intended) in the fleet sales sector.

The hatchback has been codenamed Kite 4 and will employ under the hood three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, such as a new 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol unit. The diesel side includes a new 1.05-lliter choice, based off the standard 1.4 diesel and coming with numerous improvements to reduce friction. It could boast 64 HP (47 kW) and 142 Nm (105 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional automated manual transmission sourced from the Zest, with power sent to the front wheels. According to reports, the Kite 4 and Kite 5 (the sedan’s codename) could also be treated to an e-clutch option that can go without the driver applying the clutch for the first gear – the tech should be cheaper than a regular automatic and also deliver better fuel economy than the manual.