The Tata Zica
from Tata Motors is a refreshingly designed hatchback. It is to be seen whether
this product finally captures the imagination of the Indian masses. A one-time
confident player in the Indian passenger car segment, Tata Motors has lost a
lot of its sheen because of some very shoddy products. The Bolt and the Zest
from its stable did not in particular set the company’s sales charts afire.
Nevertheless, with the Zica, the company hopes its fortunes will change.
small cars (read Indica) and sedans were always a favourite with taxi operators
in the country. But with the likes of Toyota Innova and Maruti Dzire and
several other successful products capturing this lucrative market, Tata Motors
lost a lot of its share in this crucial segment. With the Zica, they hope to
regain this lost ground.
The Zica car
is a smart looking car. It is based on an all-new platform. Unlike the Bolt and
the Zest which had a very “Indica” look about it, this one’s a lot more
contemporary in its design. An erstwhile Tata Motors dealer told Motown
India that the Zica model was showcased to them several years back and
it’s a bit late in the day for the company to bring out the car, especially
when rivals have a lot more savvier products. Motown India cannot agree or disagree with that statement since its
team was not invited by Tata Motors for a test drive in Goa.
pictures sent by the company, the Zica does seem to have a fresh look about it,
especially with its large swept back headlamps and the mesh-type grille. The
new three-dimensional ‘T’ Logo is placed in a semi vertical position on the
signature hexagon grill. The overall design including the rear hatch with smart
tail lamps and the smart spoiler spats give the car a contemporary look. Not to miss are the smartly designed 14-inch
alloy wheels for the top variant.
also seem bright and smart. We cannot comment on the quality of plastic used
for the interiors, but definitely the dashboard looks appealing with its smart
buttons and switches. The company, like in its earlier models, has a small
steering wheel in this car too, in order to give it a sporty feel. Talking of
the dash, the car comes with Connectnext Infotainment system by Harman,
complemented by the sporty instrument cluster pods. The central console sports
has introduced new segment-first applications like the Turn-by-Turn Navi app
and the Juke-Car app. This first-in-segment app displays Turn-by-Turn
navigation when connected to a smartphone
via Bluetooth. The audio prompts and hard key operations are
used to control navigation providing sheer convenience. This app also provides
guidance on Estimated
Time of Arrival
(ETA) and Next Maneuver,
which helps in
simplifying navigation while driving.
Along with Bluetooth pairing, it also supports speed volume
control, steering wheel mounted information controls and phonebook
app, a first-in-segment feature, utilises mobile hotspot to create a virtual
network and host a service for sharing list of available songs in the device.
All connected devices can view the song list on the hotspot device. Users can
place their requested song queuing. The Juke-Car app then plays the songs one
after the other. Enhancing the comfort and convenience of passengers, the car
also has user selectable vehicle setup like 'follow me home' timer and steering
consists of a geometric texture accented with chrome handles, knitted fabrics,
colour harmony, layered design theme with a dual tone interior, customisable
air vents, premium graphics on the fabric and body hugging seat bolsters. The
top- end variant comes with colour accentuated air conditioning vents in line
with the body colour. Then there are also the height adjustable headrest and
multiple storage spaces in the car. The car has been designed to provide 22
utility spaces, despite keeping the interior roomy. On top of that it has a luggage space of 240 litres
with the added convenience of shopping bag hooks along
with markings mentioned on
each hook for the
weight. A separate partition for
the tool kit and smart use of moulded carpets make the boot space very
The Zica will
be available in petrol and diesel variants. The engines are the Revotron 1.2L
(petrol engine) and Revotorq 1.05L (diesel engine), indigenously developed by
the company in-house.
1.2L is the second new petrol engine from the Revotron series. The Revotron
1.2L delivers a power of 84 bhp and a flat torque of 115 Nm @ 3500 rpm. It is
an all aluminum engine, making it light, fuel efficient yet powerful.
The three cylinder naturally aspirated engine comes packed with many new
technologies like Variable Cam Timing (VCTi)- which provides ideal cam events
at various engine speeds, delivering optimum
performance. This also allows 'internal' exhaust gas re-circulation to
improve the fuel efficiency. The Revotron engine is designed for low-friction
performance and comes equipped with a low-weight crankcase set-up and a
variable oil pump, it delivers higher fuel efficiency. It has hydraulic lash
adjusters, durable chain-drive and an auto-tensioner at the
Front-end Accessory Drive (FEAD) for
low cost operation and maintenance.
is the first new diesel engine from the Revotorq series. The Revotorq 1.05L
delivers optimum power of 69 bhp for ease of drive, both in city and on
highways with the highest torque in the segment for wider engine speed zone -
140 Nm @ 1800-3000 rpm. The engine has
dual overhead camshafts, central
injectors, optimised valve lift &
low friction crank train to deliver
superior fuel efficiency. It comes with
a well-balanced turbocharger,
electronic throttle control and optimised
compression ratio ensuring flat torque delivery for better drivability.
It is equipped with a balancer shaft to reduce engine vibrations and allows
refined engine operation, resulting in a smoother drive. The engine has an improved timing
belt life, auxiliary belt life, oil change interval and fuel filter change intervals, which results in low cost
engines have been designed and programmed
to deliver superior fuel economy and a peppy driving experience, says
the company. They come with a segment-first feature, the Multi-drive mode -City and Eco. With this, it is
equivalent to offering the performance of two engines in one. The two drive
modes are supported by an advanced Engine Management System (EMS).
Zica diesel model
Revotorq, 3 cylinder, CRAIL with MULTI
DRIVE / DOHC 4 valves per cylinder
Transverse, Front wheel drive
140 Nm @ 1800-3000 RPM
size / Types
R14 + Tubeless
with 14” (unladen)
Fuel Tank capacity
Independent; Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Semi-Independent, Twist beam with dual path strut
Electric Power Assist
1199cc Revotron, 3 cylinder, MPFi with MULTI DRIVE
84 bhp @
114 Nm @ 3500
175/65 R14 +
Independent; Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with Coil
Semi-Independent, Twist beam
with dual path strut
Electric Power Assist Steering
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