Tata Motors has released two images with its new Zica model set to go on sale at the beginning of next year.

Previously referred to as the Tata Kite, the Zica gets its name from “Zippy Car” and will replace the Indica in India’s passenger car market. It will go up against segment rivals such as the Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and the Hyundai i10. This isn’t actually an all-new model as it uses an updated version of the Indica’s platform, a model that will likely continue to be sold in the commercial car segment.

Reports from India are suggesting the vehicle will receive a newly developed 3-cylinder, 1.2-liter gasoline engine and a more economical 1.05-liter diesel. The latter will likely be a downsized version of Tata’s 1.4-liter mill and both of them will work with a standard manual gearbox or an optional automated manual transmission.

Official images of the interior are not available at this point, but spy shots from India have shown a basic cabin with front & rear electric windows, three-spoke steering wheel, and chrome accents on the doors. The Tata Zica is expected to get dual front airbags, 2-DIN audio system, rear wiper with washer, and ABS with EBD. The upper-spec models will benefit from alloy wheels, front fog lamps, rear parking sensors, turn signals integrated in the side mirrors, along with a 60:40-split folding rear bench featuring headrests.

Production of the Tata Zica will take place at the company’s factory in Sanand, Gujarat.

Gallery: Tata Zica first official images published

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