Bringing an end to all If’s and buts, Tata has globally revealed its upcoming entry level hatchback Zica at an event last night. Based on company’s new HORIZONEXT terminology, Zica has been designed at Tata’s centers in Italy, UK and Pune. Zica, the next big thing from the carmaker will slot in between Bolt and Nano and will be pitched against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki Celerio etc. Here is all you need to know about the upcoming compact hatchback:-
Tata Zica will be manufactured locally at company’s plant at Sanand, Gujarat. With high percent of localization levels, price of Zica expected to start around at Rs. 3.6 lakhs (ex-showroom) while top variant might cost around Rs. 5.2 lakh (ex-showroom).
To power the hatchback, Tata is offering two engines; one is all aluminum 3-cylinder Revotron petrol mill that puts 84bhp of power@6000rpm and 114Nm of peak torque@3500rpm. It will come with two driving modes- Eco and City. Second engine will be the 1.05 litre Revotron oil burner that delivers 69bhp power@4000rpm and 140Nm [email protected] with multi drive modes.
Both the engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, AMT will not be offered at the time of launch but will be launched at a later stage. Fuel figures of both the trims are still unspecified yet but expect diesel trim to deliver around 25 KMPL of mileage while petrol to claim around 22+ KMPL.
Space and Dimensions:
The Zica hatchback measures 3746mm in length, 1647mm in width and 1535mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2400mm and a boot capacity of 242 liters with 22 utility spaces inside. It comes with a ground clearance of 170mm and fuel tank capacity of 35 liters.
Exterior and Interior:
Tata is touting Zica’s design as exciting and expensive though there are certain areas which remind you that it is a typical Tata but not at large extent. Highlights on Zica include a smiling honeycomb mesh grille embedded with Tata’s logo, large air dam with integrated fog lamps. The stand out part about front is big sweptback headlamps with in-built turn indicators, smoked tinge and chrome detailing.
The side profile looks handsome with subtle creases that meet into the tail lamps; ORVMS with turn blinkers, sloping roof and body colored grab door handles. The rear design is the most refreshing thing about Zica as it does not reminiscent to any other Tata car. It sports forward swept C-shaped tail lamps, curvy boot lid, body color bumper housing big number plate and reverse parking sensors. It also gets windshield wiper which is short and windscreen defogger with third brake light.
Tata recent launches suggest that the company has certainly up its ante in the interior segment. At a first glance, the cabin looks premium with dual tone beige color theme and black seats. In terms of features it comes with power windows with delay function, ConnectNext Harman infotainment system with Aux-in, bluetooth and USB connectivity. Furthermore, it features Smartphone enabled navigation (only for Android) with first in segment Juke app, cooled glove box, Electric power steering with mounted controls, cooled glove box and automatic climate control.
While several entry level hatchbacks lack safety features, Zica gets number of essential features such as Dual front airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), Cornering stability control, advanced dual path suspension, reverse parking camera with proximity warning, speed sensing auto door locks and engine immobilizer.