The Tata Zica is the latest hatchback getting readied for an early launch in 2016. The Tata Motors India Limited wants to replace their aging hatchback the Indica eV2 with it. The name Zica is derived from the word ‘Zippy Car’. The Zica when launched will have to compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Chevrolet Beat and the Hyundai i10. The hatchback being developed under the code name Kite will be placed between the Nano and the Bolt.
Variants and prices
The Tata Zica is expected to have petrol and diesel variants. The transmission will be 5-speed manual. Automatic versions with AMT gear box are expected at a later stage. The Zica is expected to be priced Rupees 4.0 to 6.0 lakh.
On 5th December 2015 the TML has revealed the details of the Zica. The hatchback based on the Indica’s XO platform will be entirely different to the Indica in looks. The basic profile remaining the same the Zica will be the third Tata vehicle with the HORIZONEXT design language. The front fascia has the smiling honeycomb grille with hexagonal elements, curvy head lamps, and large rounded rear bumper with fog lamps having chrome surrounds and a character chrome line between the head lights. The prominent creases across the shoulder, mildly flared wheel arches and wraparound tail lamps are the other features of the body.
The elegant cabin of the Zica based on the Tata Indica has a smart dash, a 3-spoke steering wheel and a neat instrument cluster. There are 22 storage elements in the cabin and the boot size is 242 litres. The comfort features include a manual AC, power windows, electronic power steering, electrical ORVMs, rear defogger, rear wiper and washer and a Herman 8 speaker music system with 8 speakers with Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary-in and USB connectivity. The safety features include 2 air bags, ABS and EBD.
The Zica is expected to be powered by 1.2 Revotron 3 cylinder petrol engines with 84 bhp and 114 NM torque ratings. The diesel variants have 3 cylinder turbocharged 1.05 litre, 64 bhp and 140 NM torque Revotorq engines. The aluminium cast engines will give improved fuel efficiencies to the car. The hatchback is expected to have top mileages of 16 to 18 kmpl in petrol and 25.0 kmpl in diesel.
The Zica is expected to be 56 mm longer and 50 mm taller than the Tata Indica. The wheel base is expected to be 2400 mm.
The Zica has all the attributes of a winner. With its competitive price, stylish body and good mileages the Zica is going to make ripples in the market.