2016 Tata Kite 5

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Year: 2016
Make: Tata
Price: INR 700000 (Est.)
car segment: compact cars
body style: sedan

Tata slaps a boot onto the Tiago hatchback. Is the Tata Kite 5 sedan the next big thing from the Indian automaker?

Tata Motors has already created quite a hype in the Indian automobile market with their latest hatchback offering Tata Tiago, which was earlier code named as the Tata Kite. Alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata Motors had showcased a Tiago based compact sedan at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. The compact sedan is yet to be officially named but was showcased as the Kite 5 compact sedan.

The Kite 5 compact sedan is based on the same XO platform like the Tiago. Earlier in 2015, Tata Motors registered the name of these two siblings – Zica for the compact hatchback and Sway for the compact sedan. The Indian origin automaker has also registered few other names like Buck, Razzle, Haze and Woo. The Sway is the strongest possible name this compact sedan is about to wear albeit.

Both the Tiago and Kite 5 grabbed people’s attention at the Tata Motors pavilion at Auto Expo 2016. This compact sedan will come powered with the same powertrain options like the sibling Tiago, while the front fascia, interior of the Kite 5 also boast several similarities with the Tiago hatchback.

But does the Kite5 get something that can turn the fortunes of Tata motors in India? We have structured an in-depth analysis to know exactly that!

Update 28.01.2016:- Tata Motors confirmed they will officially unveil the 2016 Tata Tiago based compact sedan (codenamed KITE 5) on 3rd February at 2016 Indian Auto Expo.

Update 11.02.2016:- Tata Motors showcased the Kite 5 compact sedan at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. We have updated the review with images, information and video from the Auto Expo 2016.

EXTERIOR

As the Tata Kite5 compact sedan will be built on a tweaked version of the XO platform, just like the Tiago hatchback, it would come with lots of similarities with the recently unveiled compact hatchback. The front profile of the Tata Kite5 is expected to be the same like its sibling hatchback. Replacing Tata Indica, the Tiago sports a completely new design which can be seen at the front grille section, headlamp cluster and several other places. The fresh design language will continue in the Sway compact sedan as well, which is expected to become the replacement of the Tata Indigo, the compact sedan sibling of the Indica.

The front fascia is characterized by the smiling honeycomb hexagonal grille and sharp headlamps with halogen units inside them. The air intake at the lower front bumper would come with similar slats, which can be seen in the Tata Tiago as well. Fog lamps have been embedded at both corners of this lower air intake, and are expected to come garnished with chrome surroundings. At the side, the Kite5 sedan would sport a sharp crease that runs throughout the body length, just below the greenhouse area. Another character line could also come with this car at the lower side profile. The design elements on the side are also similar to that on the Tata Tiago hatchback, but changes start to appear after the B-Pillar. The rear door is longer than that on the Tiago, and the roofline has been given a sloping appearance to integrate the boot seamlessly. The rear profile is where all the changes become apparent. It gets a steeply raked rear windscreen, sleek nicely integrated taillights that are joined by a subtle chrome bar at the middle, while the number plate housing is placed on the boot lid. Calling the Tata Kite5 one of the most proportional looking compact sedan currently in the market will surely wont be an understatement.

We all know that the Kite5 will be a sub 4-metre sedan, therefore length in the dimension chart will surely be placed under 4000 mm, while the width is expected to be around 1600-1700 mm. The height is also expected to be around 1500-1600 mm.

INTERIOR

Tata Motors has already taken the market by storm with the Tiago hatchback’s interiors. Critics have termed this new interior design philosophy as the best Tata has ever managed to provide. And with other design characteristics that the Kite5 shares with the Tiago hatchback, interiors too would be a part that would be borrowed by the compact sedan. The interior looks premium with features like three spoke multifunction steering wheel, a two pod driver information console along with a digital display, hexagonal shaped centre console that houses the customizable air vents, ConnectNXT infotainment system by Harman, while the manual AC controls would be located beneath it. The seats on the Kite5 will surely be height adjustable like that on the Tiago hatchback. The boot space at the rear of the Tiago is sufficient and impressive for a car of this size, but since the Kite5 has a much larger trunk, it is surely going to get a larger boot area.

DRIVETRAIN

Tata Sway, aka Kite 5 sub-4 metre compact sedan, gets the same powertrains like the Tiago. The petrol variant is supposed to get the same 1.2 litre 3-cylinder Revotron MPFi engine with Multidrive facility, which will dish out 85 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm. While in the diesel segment, Tata Sway would be equipped with the newly developed 1.05 litre 3 cylinder Revotorq CRAIL engine with Multidrive facility, churning out 70 PS peak power at 4000 rpm and 140 Nm peak torque at 1800-3000 rpm. Both these engines will be paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while an AMT option might as well be included at a later stage. This powertrains will send power to the front wheels through three different drive modes, which are: Eco, City and Sport.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Specifications Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.2 litre 3 cylinder Revotron MPFi, Multidrive 1.05 litre 3 cylinder Revotorq CRAIL, Multidrive
Displacement 1199 cc 1047 cc
Transmission 5 speed manual/AMT 5 speed manual/AMT
Maximum power 85 PS @ 6000 rpm 70 PS @ 4000 rpm
Maximum torque 114 Nm @ 3500 rpm 140 Nm @ 1800-3000 rpm

SAFETY

Tata Kite5 Sedan will get safety features like dual frontl airbags, ABS with EBD etc.

PRICING

Tata Motors is yet to reveal any information regarding the pricing of Tata Sway, but it is expected to be priced around INR. 4.8 lakhs to INR. 7.3 lakhs. It will surely be priced under the Tata Zest.

COMPETITOR

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the most popular and best selling compact sedan in the Indian market. With its feature rich package and Maruti’s trusted reliability, this car will give the upcoming Tata compact sedan a tough competition. Swift petrol variant gets a 1.2 litre K-Series VVT engine, delivering 84.3 PS peak power at 6000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm. The diesel variant gets a 1.3 litre DDiS engine kicking out 75 PS peak power at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm peak torque at 2000 rpm. Both the petrol and diesel variants come equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, and the petrol unit gets an AMT as well. In a few days Maruti Suzuki is about to launch a diesel AMT variant which will be first in the segment.

Read the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire review here

Hyundai Xcent

Although Tata Sway will be a premium sedan as compared to the Hyundai Xcent, but don’t forget that Xcent is already an established compact sedan in the Indian market. This car comes powered by a 1.2 litre Kappa dual-VTVT petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic gearbox, churning out 83 PS peak power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variant gets a 1.1 litre U2 CRDi diesel engine paired with a 5 speed manual transmission delivering 71 PS peak power at 4000 rpm and 160 Nm peak torque at 1500-2750 rpm. The pricing for Xcent starts from INR. 4.66 lakhs.

Read the Hyundai Xcent review here

Honda Amaze

Personally I don’t feel Honda Amaze is not a good looking compact sedan, but this car will give Tata Sway a tough competition for sure. The Amaze gets a 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine under the hood, which kicks out 88 PS peak power at 6000 rpm and 109 Nm peak torque at 4500 rpm. The diesel variant on the other hand comes in form of a 1.5 liter i-DTEC unit, generating 100 PS peak power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm peak torque at 1750 rpm.

Read the Honda Amaze review here

CONCLUSION

Once launched, Tata Kite 5, aka Sway, will not only dish out a new design language, but it will also create a completely new segment. The Tata Tiago compact hatchback looks absolutely stylish and fresh. The sibling compact sedan also impressed us. We just hope Tata Motors doesn’t get over-confident with the response they are getting for the Tiago, as the Kite5 needs to be priced competitively in order to change fortunes of the Indian car maker.

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    • Same powertrain like Zica.
    • No information about pricing and launch date.
    • Several powerful rivals.
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