I had posted earlier that I saw the Zica at the SRT dealership.
So today decided to pay a visit and welcome the KITE 4 to the market.
Here's my preview of the #Fantastico car: INITIAL IMPRESSION:
We have seen this car in a ton of reviews. So, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I say this car is probably the best design from Tata yet. (until the Hexa and Nexon hit the market) The lines are chic and the detailing and dimensions sleek. Looks every bit a modern car. The Orange shade is lovely and the paint quality itself is exceptional. Every design element is well defined and neat.
No overdose of chrome is a plus. I love the Shark-face design theme at the front.
Well sized wheels add to the sporty stance and the car looks good from almost every angle.
Well done Tata motors!
9/10 Sporty and refreshingly sexy design from Tata! BUILD QUALITY AND STRENGTH:
Being a Tata car, I expect heavy doors. To my surprise, the doors open with a gentle pull and are not as heavy as those of the Indica's. But surely much better than that of the Celerio. Door handles are sturdy and have a good quality feel to them.
That said, the boot hatch and the bonnet are considerably heavy for a small hatchback.
Doors close with a nice thud, but not as satisfying as that of the Bolt/Zest. Almost all panel gaps are even and well fit.
8/10 Seems well built and solid. INTERIORS:
The orange body colored AC vent surrounds greet me and I am pleased immediately. Very tasteful touches of Piano black, body color highlights and chrome are simply much better than the age-old design of Maruti. Glad to see the Black-greige combination after traveling in a sea-of-beige (Ertiga).
The dash top and door-pad black portions feature very good quality, texturized plastics while those on the grey parts are not as high quality. Even the pull-up type door locks are of good quality, contrary to the traditional basic quality we all are used to.
The intsrument cluster is cheerful to look at and everything is well-laid out and ergonomically positioned. Every lever and rotary knob is well engineered.
Didn't get the chance to switch ON the AC, so I will have to talk about that after a proper Test drive.
Front seats are quite comfortable, but not as good as those on the Ertiga. Side bolstering is a bit less when compared to what I have gotten used to, but the cushioning and support is better than that on the Celerio. The driver seat is positioned a bit higher, even at it's lowest setup. Low dashboard helps visibility further. There is healthy amount of adjustment travel and it is easy to get comfy. Rear visibility also seemed good.
Rear seat comfort is also pretty fine for a 5'11" guy. Although the seat base is a bit short, the overall support is better than on my Ertiga's middle row. With the driver seat adjusted for my height, there is good space for my clone to be seated behind me. Headroom is also not an issue even if sat totally upright. Although not as spacious and capacious as the Indica's rear seats, the rear seat space is comparable to that on the Grand i10.
8/10 Lovely interiors and decent space. PRACTICALITY:
The boot is surprisingly spacious and square. Much better and easier to use than that on the Swift or the KUV1OO.
Designers at Tata have responded to the criticism of absence of bottle holders in the Bolt/Zest; and have they responded! There are around 22 storage bins all around in the cabin. A total of 9 bottle holders, a large glovebox and other storage places to store knick-knacks. There are a few hooks to hang the luggage or shopping bags in the cabin as well as in the boot. So the problem is keeping track of what you need and in which cubbyhole have you placed it!
9/10 Lots of storage bins and a large boot. REVOTRON 110:
As the car had not yet been registered, I was not allowed to drive it on roads. But I got the chance to switch on the engine and revv it a bit at stand-still. This is an all-new aluminium 3 cyl 1200cc Revotron engine powering the KITE 4. Producing a max power of 85bhp and 11.6kgm of Torque. With the bonnet open, the Revotron unit seems a bit on the noisier side, but seated inside the cabin with the windows rolled up, the noise is almost nil at idle. However, a very small bit of vibrations do filter through into the cabin while idling and feels similar to my Ertiga. As the revs rise, these vibrations vanish. At around 2000rpm, the engine noise is at par with that of the Celerio, but beyond that it gets quite noisy. It seems like a rev-happy smooth engine as it is quite easy to hit the red-line. The NVH levels seem to be not upto Hyundai standards, but definitely is at-par with that of Maruti Celerio. I am not going to rate the refinement and engine characteristics as I didn't drive the car. OTHER POINTS:
1. The dealership has got the car, but has not yet received any claimed mileage figures, variant and specification details.
2. They were quite sure that the new name for the car would begin with "Z" or "ZI", with only the "CA" being replaced.
3. The expected pricing is around 5.5L for the Revotorq XZ variant, which is a huge amount of value compared to the Celerio.
... and of course! Wait for the test drive review!
Some snaps to feast the eyes on: