In India, the Tata Tigor Styleback will face challenge from cars like Maruti Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze.
Tata Motors seems determined in transforming its image in the Indian market, and it has been successful doing so up to an extent. The Tiago hatchback and recently-launched Hexa SUV are the two important products that helped the Pune-based carmaker revive its brand value. Now, the company has announced its third product designed under its IMPACT design strategy – the Tata Tigor. Codenamed Kite 5, it was first previewed at the 2016 Auto Expo last year alongside other upcoming models from Tata Motors.
Referred as India’s first ‘Styleback’, the Tata Tigor will be positioned as strong contender against the new contemporary models including Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Aspire and Hyundai Xcent. Besides, Swift Dzire one of the strongest rivals in the segment will witness a generation change soon, implicating comprehensive changes. Understanding that the segment it getting crowded with a variety of models in the offing, Tata has to make sure that it leaves no stone unturned to make Tigor a value for money product.
Mechanically, the Tigor will have a setup of a 1.2L Revotron petrol and 1.05L Revotorq diesel engine borrowed from smaller sibling, Tiago. Transmission choices will include a five-speed manual and an optional AMT unit. Feature-wise, the new Tata sedan will be as rich as its rivals. Some of the most significant ones being the Harman touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate controls, Eco and City drive modes, 8-speaker audio system, dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD among several others. Read – Tata Hexa SUV – All You Need To Know
Currently, there is no specific timeline for the launch, but speculations are on rife that Tata Motors might launch Tigor in March or April 2017. We will update our readers as soon as there is an official announcement about the launch date. Read – Upcoming Tata Cars in India
|Minimum||Rs 4 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 5.5 lakh|
To be positioned below Zest in Tata’s line-up, Tigor will be priced aggressively. Earlier, the company had hinted at keeping the price low, in a bid to make it one of the most affordable cars in the segment. This would indeed work well for the sedan, given that pricing is a crucial factor determining a model’s fate in the Indian market. Now another aspect that will help Tata to curb pricing is Tigor’s strong resemblance with Tiago in terms of styling. The price for the upcoming Tigor is estimated at Rs 4 lakh for the base variant which could go up to Rs 5.5 lakh for the fully-loaded top-spec trim. Read – Tata Nexon Will Be India’s Most Powerful Sub-compact SUV
|Engine||1.2-litre Revotron Petrol|
|Max Power||83.8bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Max Torque||114Nm @ 3,500rpm|
|Engine||1.05 Revotorq Diesel|
|Max Power||69.04bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Max Torque||140Nm @ 1,800rpm – 3,000rpm|
|Transmission Options||5-speed Manual & AMT|
As mentioned above, the Tigor will share its engine lineup with the Tiago hatch – 1.2 litre, three-cylinder Revotron petrol and 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel. While the petrol mill makes a maximum power of 83.8bhp, the diesel motor belts out 69.04bhp of power. Both the engines will be paired to the five-speed manual gearbox with an optional AMT transmission on select variants. Read More – Tata Hexa Detailed Review
|Petrol||20kmpl – 22kmpl|
Fuel economy is an important aspect that drives a buyer’s decision in car purchasing. Knowing that Tigor will share engines with Tiago, it is expected that the subcompact sedan will return an impressive fuel economy. The Tigor petrol is expected to deliver a mileage between 20kmpl to 22kmpl and the diesel version might give over 25kmpl.
Competition in the subcompact sedan segment is intensifying with new models venturing every year. As far as Tigor is concerned, it is the third product from Tata in this space with the first two being Zest and Indigo eCS. Currently, the segment offers some of the best models including Maruti Swift Dzire, which is up for a major upgrade this year. Honda rolled out facelifted Amaze last year sporting new interior and subtle aesthetic updates to the exterior. Other cars like Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and Hyundai Xcent are popular choices in this space. While Aspire is a new product altogether that shares design cues with the new generation Figo, Ameo is based on the Polo hatchback. Similarly, Xcent is inspired from Grand i10 and is up for a facelift soon.
Tata Tigor Features
Key design elements like the tapering roof-lines, sharp window line, Zest inspired headlights, radiator grille and bumper lend it an assertive stance. Inside the cabin, it is likely to share styling cues with Tiago. In terms of equipment, the sedan will be well packed, featuring a new electric multifunctional power steering wheel, Harman sourced infotainment system, Automatic climate control. Additionally, it will also get height adjuster for driver’s seat, reversing camera and remote tailgate opening. Safety provisions on the Tigor will include dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), speed sensing door locks among the prominent ones.
Designed on the thoroughly modified XO platform, the Tigor will share underpinnings with the Indigo eSC. The styling and design is refreshingly new compared to the Indigo eCS model. That said Tigor is clearly more premium in terms of looks sharing most of the design elements with Tiago. Wearing the wrap-around headlamp units and honeycomb radiator grille, the front looks quite sporty.
Bumper in front gets large air-intakes similar to the ones on Tiago. In fact, the styling is identical to Tiago up to the C-pillar save for the boot at the rear. The rear profile looks chic with key elements like longer rear overhang, sharp window-line, high-mounted LED stop lamp and tapering roof-lines giving a butch look.
Interior is spacious and packed with a range of comfort and safety features. The dashboard and instrument panel remind of Zest, equipping a number of comfort goodies. As for the features, Tigor will source most of the equipment from Tiago. The sedan will benefit from an 8-inch speaker 2-DIN audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, multi-functional steering wheel etc. In addition, the rear will come with an arm rest for the convenience of occupants seated at the back. There will be enough space for storing luggage, gauging at 420-litres. As for safety provisions the sedan is expected to equip reverse parking camera making it among the few budget cars to offer that feature. Additionally, it will also come with dual front airbags and ABS.
Based on Tata Motors' IMPACT design philosophy, the Tata Timor surely is a great looking product. Since it's based on the same platform as the Tiago, both the cars share their engine and features. Expected to be priced between Rs 4 lakh - Rs 7.5 lakh, the Tigor can be a great value-for-money product.