Tata Tiago has been recently spied while getting tested in Tamil Nadu. The entry-level hatchback is only offered with a 1.2-litre gasoline motor.
Earlier this year, popular Indian automaker, Tata Motors launched the updated versions of the Nexon, Tiago and Tigor in our market. Tata Tiago is the entry-level hatchback in the carmaker’s line-up, and it rubs shoulders with the likes of Maruti WagonR and Hyundai Santro. The new BS6 Tata Tiago is retailed at a starting price of Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is almost Rs 20,000 expensive than its BS4 counterpart. The 2020 model is being offered with a host of new updates in terms of design and features, but on the other hand, it misses out on certain aspects like projector headlamps and a diesel power plant. The automaker discontinued the diesel trim of the hatchback because of its low demand.
Tata launched the new Tiago in our market in Januray this year
Moreover, the 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engine offered with Tiago has its own drawbacks. The NVH levels were quite high, and there was no major performance gain to justify it over the 1.2-litre gasoline engine. The carmaker has not revealed any plans regarding the introduction of the Revotorq-series oil burner for the updated Tiago and Tigor. Recently, however, the hatchback has been spied while getting tested in Coimbatore. Earlier, a test mule of Tata Altroz was also spied while going through test runs in the same city. One can expect it to be the turbo petrol trims of the premium hatchback, possibly paired with an all-new DCT.
It competes with the likes of Maruti WagonR and Hyundai Santro
The carmaker sources a lot of internal components such as turbochargers from Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives. But, last month, Tata Motors ended up its 50:50 JV with Jayem Automotives. Tata Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP were also built under this partnership. So, the test car you see here could be anything, but not a performance-oriented version of the car like JTP. We guess that the carmaker is testing a random platform or some engine equipment that may or may not make it to production. The ongoing Tata Tiago is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which puts out power and torque outputs of 84bhp and 113 Nm. Transmission duties are done by a 5-speed MT or an optional 5-speed AMT.