We bring you a spec-based comparison between the upcoming Tata Tigor and the current generation Maruti Swift Dzire.
In the race of hatchback based subcompact sedan segment, Tata is set to try its luck the third time with Tigor, which it refers as the ‘Styleback’. The now crowded segment came to life years ago when Tata rolled out Indigo eCS. With almost no competition and very few takers, Indigo eCS faded in the smog until Maruti Swift Dzire gave a new lease of life to the dying segment. The government’s subsidy on the sub-four meter vehicles worked as an impetus to the segment’s growth and Dzire topped the list amid lean competition.
Fast forward to 2017 and Tata is ready with its third product ‘Tigor’ to collide head-on with the highest grossing model in the segment, Swift Dzire. While Tigor is grabbing eyeballs for its aggressive price positioning, Maruti Swift Dzire is prepping for a generation leap, sporting comprehensive aesthetic updates. As the two models prepare to face-off, we bring you a spec-based comparison between the upcoming Tata Tigor and the current generation Maruti Swift Dzire.
To start with, the only similarity between Tigor and Dzire is that they both are based on their hatchback twin Tiago and Swift respectively. While the Tigor is yet debut in the Indian market, the company is aiming an aggressive positioning in terms of pricing in a bid to lure customers. According to reports, the Tiago based sedan is expected to be priced in the vicinity of Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom), which is much less than the current generation Maruti Swift Dzire retailed between Rs 5.35 lakh for the entry level LXi and Rs 8.57 lakh for the ZDi AGS.
The Tigor will be available with petrol and diesel fuel options and will derive power from the same units that power Tiago. Therefore, the petrol version will use the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol mill making 83.8bhp at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. Diesel powered Tigor will draw power from the 1.05-litre Revotorq oil burner belting out 69.04bhp at 4,000 and 140Nm between 1,800rpm to 3,000rpm. Power will be transmitted via the conventional five-speed manual gearbox along with an AMT unit available with select variants.
Maruti Swift Dzire carline uses two engines in petrol and diesel guise in manual and AGS versions. The petrol Dzire plonks a 1.2-litre, K-Series petrol engine with VVT technology and the diesel version sources power from the tried & tested 1.3-litre DDiS unit. Maximum power developed by the 1.2-litre petrol unit is estimated at 83bhp at 6,000rpm along with top torque of 115Nm at 4,000rpm. The diesel Dzire powered by the 1.3-litre oil burner puts out 74bhp at 4,000rpm and 190Nm torque at 2,000rpm. It is to be noted that new generation Swift Dzire is likely to retain the current engine line-up.
Deriving power from the Tiago’s engine set up, Tigor is expected to be frugal with mileage for the petrol variant estimated between 20 to 22kmpl. Diesel version on the other hand is likely to return over 25kmpl, making it one of the most fuel efficient cars in India.
As we gauge the claimed mileage numbers for Dzire, it seems that both the cars are close enough, but Dzire seems to lead with marginal difference. For the current generation model, fuel economy is rated at 20.85kmpl for petrol manual trims, 18.5kmpl for the petrol AT trims and 26.59 for the diesel manual/AGS variants.
It is believed that Dzire will be slightly larger in size compared to Tigor. Currently, we do not have the dimensions for Tigor, but we can look up the proportions of Dzire. The Maruti Swift Dzire subcompact sedan measures 3,995mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,555mm in height. Wheelbase is around 2,430mm long and the ground clearance is around 170mm.
The Tigor will sport tapering roof-line, sharp window line, Zest inspired headlamps, radiator grille and bumper. The in-cabin tech will include Harman sourced infotainment system, automatic climate control, height adjuster for driver’s seat, remote tailgate opening and reverse camera. In addition, it will also pack new multifunctional steering wheel, dual front airbags, ABS and speed sensing door locks.
Priced higher than the Tigor, Maruti Swift Dzire sports chrome treated grille in front, body coloured bumper and alloy wheels. Cabin features include height adjuster for driver, power steering, tiltable steering wheel, steering mounted audio & phone controls, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity etc. Among the comfort goodies, it sports engine push start/stop, automatic AC, power window lock for driver, driver seat power window auto touch and power-operated ORVMs. In terms of safety, Dzire packs dual front airbags, speed sensing automatic door locks, rear door child-locks and reverse parking sensor.