Tata Kite (Glade) hatchback continues testing

Tata Kite (Glade) hatchback continues testing

Tata Motors continues to test the Kite (Glade) hatchback rigorously ahead of introducing it to the Indian market later this year.
This time, the test vehicle was spotted sporting the production-spec headlamps & tail lamps.
Once launched, the Kite (Glade) hatchback is going to replace the dated Indica eV2.
The body shell is all-new and has been designed by Tata’s European Technical Centre (TMETC). We’re glad Tata took this step, away from the Indica design language which is now dated & hated.
It makes use of the Indica’s XO platform which has been improved for better refinement & rigidity. Only the firewall & pedal box would remain the same.
Powering the Kite twins would be a new 1.05L diesel motor which is a re-engineered, 3-cylinder derivative of the 1.4L DiCOR diesel engine. It was also shown on the Manza Hybrid concept in 2012. This engine will make use of counter balancing shafts, stiffer engine block, reduced friction & vibrations and would produce up to 70 BHP of power.
The petrol motor would also be an all-new 1.2L 3-cylinder motor which could be badged as Revotron. This new engine uses an aluminium block & 4-valves per cylinder with power output expected to be in the range of 75 BHP.

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