Revealed: New Tata Zica hatchback
So, the next big thing from Tata Motors is this small hatchback, called the Zica. This is the same car we all knew as the 'Kite', till Tata dropped the bombshell about the name via a tweet, which according to its creator stands for the new ZIppy car and not what Google throws up if you search for the meaning of Zica.
Anyways, back to the hatchback. As mentioned, it's got a huge responsibility up its strong shoulders - of that to replace Tata's original passenger car, the Indica. And from the way it looks in pictures, the Zica seems to be taking off on a good note. Sure it carries a heavily modified version of the Bolt's front grille with Tata's omnipresent 'Humanity Line', but apart from that, it's all very new and extremely likeable.
More importantly, with the Zica, those working at Tata's design houses (there are three of them around the globe) have ditched the Indica design template that was carried over from the original hatchback to the Bolt of today. The wide smiling grille, strong shoulder lines, large head and tail lamps, and the stylish rear-end makes the Zica look very proportionate. And going by the pictures doing the rounds on the web, the dual tone interior scheme and the overall dashboard design looks quite refreshing, too.
What will drive this new zippy car? Well, no official word from Tata yet, but of what we know, the 1.2 litre Revotron from the Bolt will surely find it's way in the Zica, as well as the new 3cyl, 1.05 litre diesel that Tata has been developing for some time now. At the launch, both engines will be available with a 5-speed manual transmissionto begin with. Expect an AMT version, too, few months down the line.
So, whom does it have in its sight? The new Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10, both which seem to have a similar design template as the Zica. It may also do some cross-shopping here, luring buyers from the segment below (read Renault Kwid and Maruti Alto). And to do that, Tata will price the Zica competitively, the way it has done with most of its small cars.
Watch out for the road test on topgear.com this weekend.