In December 2015, Tata Motors officially unveiled the Zica hatchback as its next big product for the Indian car market. All set to go on sale in January 2016 – to be precise the all-new Tata Zica launch date on 20th January, 2016, ahead of the Auto Expo 2016 that will be held in New Delhi.
The Zica will be the first of the two new cars that is set to be launched in India as a part of Tata’s Kite project. The Zica will soon be followed by a sub-compact sedan version.
Zippy name, Zippy car
Tata Motors have named the new car as Zica – a word play from the word ZIppy Car.
The Tata Zica is based on the same XO platform as company’s very popular hatchback, Tata Indica. The third vehicle under Tata’s HorizoNext strategy, after the Bolt and Zest, the upcoming Tata hatchback is an all-new car with new style cues and sharper design language.
The front fascia of the car is well-designed and comes with Tata’s signature honey-comb pattern grille, large sweptback headlamps with projector units and a muscular front bumper. The car also features a wide grin-like air dam that flanks big circular fog lamps with chrome bezels. The side profile shows some sharp character lines, dual tone ORVMs with turn indicators and a set of neatly designed 10-spoke alloy wheels. The rear has a muscular bumper and wraparound tail lamps with combination lights.
Inside the cabin, the all-new Tata Zica looks premium with its quality fit and finish. The dual tone dashboard looks well equipped and comes with body coloured panels around the AC vents. The Zica gets some decently comfortable contoured seats along with Tata’s signature three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel that coupled with the predominant black interiors make it all the more appealing. Customers will be able to opt for the customization packages at their local dealership.
Under the hood the Tata Zica will come with two engine options, an all-new 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder Revotorq diesel motor and the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Revotron petrol unit that does duty in the Zest and the Bolt. While the new oil burner is good for 67bhp and 140Nm of torque, the petrol engine develops 83bhp and 114Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, the possibility of the introduction of an AMT variant in the Tata Zica line-up has been reserved for the future.
With a fresh look and well equipped kitty is the Zica enough to compete in this highly competitive market of compact hatchback cars? We will have to wait and watch.