All set to be launched by January 2016, the Zica from Tata Motors will ensure that the new small car will take on formidable competition. The newest hatchback is part of Tata’s HorizonNext campaign. The Tata Zica will be launched in India in 2016, before the Auto Expo 2016. Also check Ford cars Price List in India, Reviews, Model, Images
The Zica competes with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Hyundai i10, the Chevrolet Beat and the Renault Kwid.
The front grille has a piano black mirror finish which gives it a very premium feel. The inverted design headlamp blends well with the grille. The subtle shark nose upfront and the spoiler extensions at the back add to the appeal. The side profile has lines and creases.
Inside, there is a two-tone dashboard, multifunction steering wheel and a Harman infotainment seen in the lower end variants. The higher end variant will also feature chrome and silver detailing along with alloy wheels. The car comes with turn-by-turn navigation relayed straight from your phone to the screen on the Zica’s infotainment system. There is also a Juke-car App that lets all occupants connect through Wifi to the audio system and then run it like a jukebox from their individual playlists on their phones. The cabin gets a steering mounted controls and colour-coordinated aircon vent trim. Boot area is only 240 litres. The seats are supportive.
The petrol motor is based on the 1.2-litre Revotron engine that debuted in the Zest compact sedan and Bolt hatchback. The 1.05-litre diesel mill is brand new and has been developed in house by Tata Motors. The new 1.05l three-cylinder diesel motor is expected to produce 70 PS. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol motor in the Tata Zica is expected to be a 1.2-litre Revotron motor sans the turbocharger, with peak power being upwards of 80 PS. This engine will come with a manual transmission. Fuel efficiency numbers for the two engines haven’t been revealed yet. The hatchback is expected to have top mileages of 16 to 18 kmpl in petrol and 25.0 kmpl in diesel.
In terms of dimensions, the Tata Zica is 3,746 mm long and 1,647 mm wide. Overall height is 1,535 mm.
The Zica gets space for a mobile phone, driver side pocket, cup holders in the front console and door pad storage that can accommodate bottles. ABS and airbags may however may only be available as standard in the top variant.
The test drives conducted indicate that the controls are good giving comfortable rides. All other aspects like the features, power, mileages and looks suggest Zica to be a cool car which is going to be a winner in the market.