New Tata Zica Launch Soon – Specifications & other information

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Tata Motors has been working on building a replacement for their decade old product, the Indica. Under ‘Project Kite’, Tata has developed a budget hatchback and a budget compact sedan to be positioned under the Bolt hatchback and Zest compact sedan. Tata Motors teased the budget hatch Zica in the first ad video featuring their latest brand ambassador Lionel Messi, revealing Tata’s big plans for the Zica.



The Zica hatchback follows Tata’s HorizonNext design language with a wide mesh grille and swept back headlamps that resemble the Tata family face seen in the Bolt and the Zest. Though the side profile is reminiscent of the Indica, the tail is redesigned for modern and fresh looks with horizontal tail lamps.



With the Zest and Bolt, Tata have taken car interiors seriously and we expect the Zica to be no less. Tata cabins have always been roomy but now it will get a touch of good quality and build along with equipment. The top end car should come with the ConnectNext infotainment system like the Nano with Bluetooth compatibility if not the touch-screen unit from the Bolt.


Engine and gearbox

The Zica will most certainly get the 1.2-litre Revotron engine sans the turbocharger mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel engine will be a turbocharged three-cylinder mill with a cylinder chopped off from the old 1.4-litre Indica engine. We expect the car to weigh under a tonne and in that case, a torquey engine developing close to 60-65bhp should be enough to power the car. The Zica may also get an Auto-Manual transmission (AMT) as it gains popularity in the lower segments.


Price and Competition

The Zica will be positioned between the Nano and the Bolt with the old Indica continuing sales only for the fleet and cab market. The Zica will compete with the likes of the Renault Kwid, Datsun GO, Maruti Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon 1.0 and will be expected to be priced between Rs 3 to Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) between the Nano and the Indica.



The Tata Zica hatchback will go on sale with newly developed engines. The petrol variant of the upcoming car is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-pot Revotron engine with a maximum power of 84 bhp and a peak torque of 114 Nm. Claimed fuel efficiency could be in the region of 20 km/l. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets a new 1.05-litre, three-cylinder Revotorq engine with a maximum power of 69 bhp and peak torque of 140 Nm. Both the motors could get an automated manual transmission (AMT) at a later stage, but, for now, make do with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Engine Type/ Displacement 1.2 ltr 3-cyl Petrol/1.05 ltr 3 cyl diesel
Power (estimated) 84 bhp/69 bhp
Torque (estimated) 114 Nm/140 Nm
Top Speed -NA-
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) -NA-
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual or AMT
Mileage -NA-
Air Conditioner Type Manual
Power Windows Yes
Central Locking Yes
Steering Audio Controls Yes
Audio System Yes
Airbags 2

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