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Tata Kite 5 compact sedan to be called the Tigor

Tata Kite 5 compact sedan to be called the Tigor
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Thursday 09 February 2017, 11:39 AM

Tata has officially announced that the Kite 5 compact sedan will now be called the Tigor. The Mumbai based automaker has dubbed this car a styleback and it will slot into their vehicle lineup above the Tiago hatchback.  

 It was previewed as the Kite 5 concept at the 2016 Auto Expo. A production version of the car spotted undisguised indicates that it will sport a design similar to that of the hatchback all the way to the C-pillar. From there, there is a softly raked D-pillar that flows into stubby boot. The rear gets wrap around tail lamps and chrome strip above the number plate slot.

The cabin has been carried over from the Tiago with exactly the same feature list, wheelbase and materials. It will be 3995mm in terms of length giving an additional 249mm of cabin space and most probably a boot with a capacity of over 300-litres which is expected to be achieved by reclining the rear seat back.

This car will make use of the same engines from the Tiago. The petrol unit is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 84bhp/114Nm while the diesel is a 1.0-litre unit producing 69bhp/140Nm. Both units are only offered with a five-speed manual but an AMT is also on the cards. It is expected to be launched later this year and will take on the likes of the Chevrolet Essentia and possibly new sub-compact compact sedans from Maruti Suzuki and Renault.

Commenting on the Tigor name, Mayank Pareek, president, passenger vehicle business unit, Tata Motors said, “After HEXA, we are speeding towards our next market introduction, the Tata TIGOR which opens a new category of style and attitude in this segment. The break-free design dynamics of Tata TIGOR makes it India’s first ‘Styleback’. We will announce its commercial launch soon and are excited to see the IMPACT of the ‘Styleback’ on our customers.”

 

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