It is the Tata Indigo CS that kick-started the compact sedan war in India. While the Indigo CS, which is over a decade now, is fast losing out to fresher, more premium competition, Tata Motors has already started working on a worthy successor to the country’s first ever compact sedan! Much like how the Indigo CS has been derived from the Indica hatchback, the next Tata compact sedan will be based on the upcoming Kite (Indica replacement) hatchback. The Tata Kite CS was recently caught testing and here, on this page, we have a Tata Kite Compact Sedan Video and some images.
Tata Kite Compact Sedan Video –
The Kite hatchback is based on the Indica platform and the upcoming hatcback will soon become the entry-level B segment hatchback in the carmaker’s line-up of models. The Kite will join the Bolt and the Zest in Tata’s range of new generation cars. The design language seen on the Kite twins would be much in line with those on the Bolt and the Zest. While the Kite CS test mule seen here in the video boasts of a really heavy camouflage, it is pretty much for sure that the upcoming model would look nothing like the Indigo CS.
Powering the upcoming Tata compact sedan will be a new-age 1.05-liter diesel engine that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo earlier this year. Also on offer would be a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The motors are likely to come mated with both manual and automated manual transmissions (AMT).
It is being said that the Tata Kite could be launched in the second quarter of next year, while the Kite-based compact sedan could be out by 2015’s festive season. Stay tuned to AutoColumn for more details on the Tata Kite Compact Sedan.