Traveling is a passion of everyone on this planet and if it comes towards choosing car, then it’s become rocket science 🙂 Automobile technology changing so fast to deliver BEST in market. Tata motors is great example of same which continuously focusing on emerging technologies to attract consumers in global market. Last time we covered small wonder TATA NANO GEnX‘s on field chemistry, this time we got an opportunity to explore their new born hatchback “Tata ZICA” on crazy roads of GOA 🙂 . It was a part of #MadeOfGreat Indiblogger campaign, where 60 bloggers were invited to touch & explore this new beauty. Meaning of ZICA itself hidden inside ZIppy CAr which standing out for its numerously value added specifications, which we are going to cover soon. ZICA sits pleasantly between the less expensive Nano and greater Bolt by TataMotors, which is promising for people who are looking for budget hatchback for intracity drive.
KickOff of MadeOfGreat :
All bloggers got grand welcome by Tata & Indiblogger team at GOA airport to GearUpForGreat, all of us were excited to see ZICA in person. After gathering at airport we headed towards “AlilaDiwa resort” where we stayed 2 days & explored on road performance of ZICA. I was pretty excited to see connection of Lionel Messi with Tata Motors as a brand ambassador. I believe they are targeting ZICA not only in Indian market but also in European market,which is bold move by TataMotors this time. TataMotors arranged few fun activities for us to get relaxed on Goa beach before we headed towards presentation ceremony of ZICA.
Presentation ceremony was full of information which was amazingly handled by anchor Cyrus Sahukar, talented Tata Motors lady Delna Avari (Head marketing & communication), Anand Kulkarni (General Manager vehicle Integration) & Pratap Bose who lead the design team. All bloggers were surprised with locker room with bleachers and lockers for everyone with their name on it. Seriously fantastic kick-off for presentation ceremony which no one expected earlier. That was the #MadeOfGreat movement for all of us 🙂 After loading with all wikipedia of ZICA we ran towards brand new SunBurst Orange beauty where we started exploring this fantastico. I really liked the way Tata team explained each functionality to us in person, especially Mr. Anand told more about its engine, fuel efficiency & performance factors which is indeed for tech blogger like me.
Specifications of ZICA
|Engine & other Tech (Petrol/Diesel)
||3cyl,1199cc/1047cc Revotorq, 85bhp/70bph @4000rpm, 115Nm/140Nm,5MT
|Approx price tag
||3.9-4.5 Lakhs INR
||Harmann ConnectNext system,GPS Navigation,Good bottles & boot space. Good ground clearance(170mm)
I personally drove this fantastico on Goa roads on next day, Its quite comfortable, stylist inside-out w.r.t entry level hatchback available in market.It has ample boot space which is indeed for this generation. I classified few features of ZICA which I personally experienced during long drive with entire blogging team.
Features Of Tata ZICA
1. New age exterior
The Zica hatchback takes after Tata’s DesignNext plan with a wide work grille and cleared back headlamps. Rare defogger & baggage cabin also have promising design along with easy to handle toolkit section where you can accommodate majority of baggages for long drive.Roof lamp is relocated from front to the middle along with LED lamps. Front grill along with hexagonal shape give premium look to ZICA than other variants of Tata. EPAS with active return function ensures smooth ride.
2. Tech Savy Interior
I personally focus on interior dashboard of any car, as a techsavy I always demand for next-gen mobile enable systems inside car and this time Tata ZICA absolutely making us happy with mobile tech segment. Dashboard of ZICA is attractive and informative where you can see many insights related to engine and car. Dual toned color scheme of ZICA attract many fashionholic buyers. Milage & gear shift indicators are another good add-on in dashboard of ZICA. Both petrol/diesel variants of ZICA come with 2 mode’s CITY mode and ECO mode. CITY mode is default mode. Where as to enable ECO mode you have to trigger dedicated button of car, ECO mode is especially develop to give better fuel efficiency on normal roads but during hillside drive you should shift to CITY mode to maintain engine efficiency.
ZICA have off-centre parking break along with various space in console & dashboard which help you to put your iPad/Tablet safely.Cup holders & mobile charging point keep your smartphones battery alive. Dashboard side bottle space keep your beverages cool during long drive. Ample of bottle space is added advantage, but don’t drink and drive 🙂
ConnectNEXT infotainment system, developed by HARMAN is very handy. In ZICA you don’t need to remember roads, its integrated turn-by-turn GPS navigation system which help you to reach your destination on time. ZICA uses mapmyindia GPS navigation system which have lifetime upgrade for free of cost. Music system is also easily configurable with any android smartphone. Sound quality is pretty good than other variants,we really enjoyed it during our ride. JUKE CAR application can synchronize to 10 smartphone where 1 master smartphone can share its data connection to others and be host for playing music from any of the synched smartphone playlist.It help multiple users to play their playlist at same time to enjoy their favourite song. Now no discrimination while playing music on go 🙂
3. NextGen Engine
ZICA petrol variant having Revotron 1.2L new petrol engine from revotron series. It delivers power of 85PS & flat torque of 115Nm @3500rpm.It’s aluminium engine, making it light, fuel efficient & powerful. The Revotron engine is designed for low-friction performance & comes equipped with low-weight crankcase setup.
Diesel variant of ZICA have Revotron 1.05L engine which deliver power of 70PS both in city and highways.It has torque 140Nm @1800-3000rpm. It included balanced shaft to reduce engine vibrations and allow refined engine operation which give you smooth ride.
4. Advanced Safety
This is priority one point which every smart car buyer always look for. ZICA’s top end model give a green signal for safety measurement as it includes front sided dual airbags for accidental conditions. ZICA is made of 5 metals with great energy absorbing body structure for superior crash performance. Advanced dual path suspensions & 9th gen. ABS with EBD & corner stability control for safe & smooth ride.
EPAS with active return function ensures 95% return ability for easy driving.
Ultimately ZICA is good choose for those people who are looking for advanced hatchback for intracity but price tag will play crucial role. We are expecting official launch of ZICA in the first week of January 2016. It seems everyone had great time in goa with this #fantastico. If you have any questions regarding ZICA do comment,we will surely answer them.
Saurabh Mukhekar is a Tech Blogger from Pune, India. He is also thinker, maker, life long learner, hybrid developer, edupreneur, mover & shaker. He’s captain planet of BlogSaays and seemingly best described in rhyme.
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