The sea of small hatchbacks is soon going to be joined by one more car, the new Tata Zica. Competing against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Chevrolet Beat, the Zica has a long climb ahead, especially thanks to the Indica lineage which has been bugged by the perception of shoddy build quality for passenger cars.
However, Tata wants to move ahead of all the black spots and claims that the Zica, though based on the same XO platform, gets everything fresh from the drawing board save a few essential parts. Even the engines are new and have been built with weight saving on priority. So how does it stack up against its competitors?
Zica vs Celerio vs Beat: COMPARO
Zica is clearly the most powerful hatchback in this comparison, for both diesel and petrol engines, which should translate to a peppier drive. That’s exactly how Tata has been promoting it these days by calling it a Zippy Car. Both the Zica’s new 3 cylinder mills can give the competition a run for their money, at least on paper.
Celerio is the most underpowered car in this comparison. For diesel, it sports the smallest 800cc twin cylinder engine which is high on NVH levels and has not been accepted very well (report here). For petrol also, its power and torque are significantly lower than both Zica and Beat but where it scores is the AMT gearbox on the petrol engine. An AMT box is also expected on the Zica however it has not been confirmed yet!
Zica is the biggest (overall) car in this lineup but still sports a 25 mm smaller wheelbase as compared to Celerio. In terms of ground clearance, Beat stands clear of the ground the highest, followed by Zica and the Celerio is the lowest here.
Celerio though gets ABS and dual front airbags right from the base variant as an optional extra, something which should be preferred by the buyers. It also gets a CNG variant which is not present in the Beat and may not be on offer on the Zica as well. Features of different variants of Zica are not revealed by Tata at the moment but Beat gets dual front airbags and ABS only in the top variant that too as an optional extra.
Initial prospects for the Zica look interesting and if Tata can surprise us with its price, we may have a real good seller on the cards. It will be launched early next month along with commencement of bookings.