The Tata Zica hatchback is an all new car which is based on an all new platform with new engines. The Tata Zica hatchback will be available with both a petrol and diesel engines and will be priced at Rs. 4 lakhs.
The Zica will go up against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Hyundai i10 and the Chevrolet Beat.
The fresh design comprises of large swept back headlamps and oversize mesh-type grille. The midline has a few prominent creases. The rear has large tail lamps. The top of the line variant gets 14-inch alloy wheels. Tiny aero spoilers at the rear add to the sporty touch.
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The cabin gets a short-diameter, three-spoke steering wheel with integrated music controls. The instrument cluster features a digital display, sandwiched between the tachometer and the speedometer, to indicate the driving mode, trip length and mileage among other details. The panel also sports different indicators for the ABS, SRS, and servicing alert. The dashboard further extends into a 2-DIN music system mounted below chrome-lined AC vents to complement the dual tone (black and white) interior with piano black, silver and chrome inserts at various places. The car comes with a Harman Kardon eight speaker music system and navigation.
The Zica looks heavily also gets alloy wheels, fog lights with a chrome bezel, angular headlamps, sharp tail lamps, two-tone bumper and inbuilt spoiler. Seats are large and well bolstered. The presence of 22 storage points that include bottle holders, deep pockets and even hooks within the cabin to hang shopping bags, makes it a practical car. It also has a 240 litre boot.
On the engine front, the Tata Zica will get both petrol and diesel motors. The petrol engine will be a 1.2-litre mill that is expected to make 85 PS of peak power and 110 Nm of peak torque. The diesel motor in the other hand will be a new 1.0-litre mill that will make 70 PS of peak power and 140 Nm of peak torque. The new engines will also be extremely fuel efficient with the diesel expected to return over 25 kmpl.
Multidrive feature is a highlight of Zica. One can drive the car in the Eco mode to achieve higher fuel efficiency and can switch on the go to the other mode for sportier response. In city mode one can manage with few gear changes.
The Tata Zica is a great product not because it looks good, handles well or has well made interiors. It is a good product as it might finally change the perception of the Tata brand in the eyes of the public.