After being officially revealed last month, Tata Zica hatchback is all set to hit the shores on 20th January 2016. To be positioned between Nano and Bolt, Zica is expected to fall in the price bracket of Rs. 3.8-5 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be a potential threat to Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Tata Zica will soon be followed by a compact sedan based on the same platform which is lined up to go on sale in second quarter of 2016.
The new hatchback is based on transformed XO platform designed at company’s design centers in Pune, Italy and United Kingdom. Consequently, the design of Zica is quite catchy thanks to Tata’s signature smiling honeycomb mesh black grille, smoked headlamps, muscular front bumper, subtle creases at the sides and neatly designed rear section with wraparound tail lamps.
In terms of goodies, the top end spec variant gets Harmon Kardon powered infotainment system with eight speakers, USB, Aux-in, bluetooth connectivity and Smartphone enabled navigation flanked by other features like alloy wheels, dual beige dashboard with black seats, 60:40 rear seat spilt and many more. For safety, it gets reverse parking sensors, dual front airbags, ABS, cornering brake control (CBC), Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and other standard features.
The car measures 3746mm in length, 1647mm in width and 1535mm in height. The Zica will bear a decent amount of space thanks to a wheelbase of 2400mm. It rides on 14 inch alloy wheels and comes with a ground clearance of 170mm. You also get more than 20 storage space inside the cabin alongside 242 liters of boot space.
At the time of launch, Tata Zica will come with two engine options, a 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder Revotron diesel motor good for 67bhp power and 140Nm of peak torque. There is also a 1.2l Revotron petrol unit on offer which is capable of developing a max power of 83bhp and 114Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a famed AMT unit. Tata’s small wonder Zica will be the first model in the segment to come with multi drive mode- City and Eco.