The latest offering from Tata stable is a ‘Zippy Car’ called Zica. The way consumers used to see Tata cars is slowly changing. After the launch of Zest and Bolt in 2014, customers are happy with the quality and durability of the sedan and its hatchback sibling. The Zica will compete against the Maruti Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10. But does the Zica has it? After all it has a compelling package that combines good looks, impressive fuel efficiency and numerous features.
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The Zica’s design is undoubtedly the best we have seen from Tata Motors and one of the best in the segment. The signature smiley grille comes with a glossy black honey-comb treatment. The large, sweptback headlamps give it a distinct front face. In profile, the top variants get 14-inch alloy wheels that nicely fill the arches. A strong rising waistline and the elegantly shaped taillights clusters look good. It also gets an integrated rear spoiler with black inserts on both sides.
The interior of the Zica comes with a dual tone dashboard that is well laid out. The black upper section of the dashboard is made of quality plastic and has a premium feel. The steering has buttons to control various functions. A tiny multimedia screen on the infotainment system syncs with the smartphone to provide turn-by-turn navigation. The Harman Kardon audio system is engineered and the sound quality is amazing.
Measuring 3,746 mm in length, 1,647 mm in width and 1,535 mm in height, the Zica has a 170 mm ground clearance. As with any other Tata car, the Zica too offers ample space inside the cabin. The seats are designed with thick bolsters to ensure excellent seating comfort. The interior has 22 utility spaces, bottle holders and cubbyholes. The boot space is a decent 240 litres.
The Zica comes with two engine options – a three-cylinder petrol and a three-cylinder diesel engine. The all-aluminium petrol engine produces 85 PS of peak power and 114 Nm of torque. The 1-litre diesel engine is a four-cylinder unit and delivers 70 PS at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm between 1,800-3,000 rpm. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Tata is not offering AMT for now, but it’s certainly in the pipeline.
Both petrol and diesel Zica’s are equipped with multi-drive mode that lets you switch between normal and Eco modes. Eco mode will further improve the car’s fuel efficiency.
The Zica comes with safety features, including front airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and corner stability control, and rear parking sensors.
Zica will be launched next month with an expected price range between Rs. 3.5 lakh and Rs. 5.5 lakh.