Tata Tiago: 8 Facts You Must Know
Tata Motors’ latest offering in the hatchback segment, the Tiago, has been amongst the most anticipated hatchbacks of 2016. Prices of the Tata Tiago start from Rs. 3.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This hatchback was earlier named ‘Zica’ and Tata renamed it ‘Tiago’ since Zica sounds similar to the ‘Zika virus’ which has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently. The Tiago has been developed from scratch in just about three years, and Tata Motors even roped in international footballer Lionel Messi last year as its brand ambassador.
Here are eight facts you should know about the Tata Tiago:
1. New Engines:
The Tiago is powered by a choice of two brand-new engines that have been designed for this vehicle. The 1.2-litre Revotron, three-cylinder petrol engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and produces 84bhp of power and 114Nm of torque. The 1.05-litre Revotorq three-cylinder diesel engine produces 69bhp of power and 140 Nm of max torque.
2. Convenience Features:
The Tiago gets a Harman-Kardon developed music system, which has eight speakers. It also gets turn-by-turn GPS navigation and the Juke car app which creates a Wi-Fi hotspot in the car, allowing up to 10 mobile phones to share a common music playlist. It also has rear parking sensors which are really helpful while parking the car in tight spaces.
The diesel 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder engine feels slightly sluggish since it lacks that punch in the form of more torque that you are used to from a diesel engine. On the other hand, the petrol motor has good city drivability. We drove the Tata Tiago in Goa last year, have a look.
4. Design and Safety:
Tata has worked hard in the design department and has used inputs from its Pune, UK and Italian studios. Even the build and ride quality are the kind that haven’t been seen in this segment before. The car gets dual front airbags and a 9th-generation Bosch ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) and Cornering Stability Control, which helps to reduce the probability of the vehicle losing control while cornering.
The Tiago weighs close to 1050 kgs, which makes it rather heavy and hampers quick acceleration. However, due to the added weight, the Tiago feels planted even at triple-digit speeds.
6. Rear seat width:
Shoulder room and headroom on the rear bench is very tight. A long journey with three adults seated in the rear seat will not be too comfortable.
7. Endurance run:
Tata Motors recently organized an endurance run called “Made of Great” at the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The Tiago’s new engines were extensively tested during the endurance run by more than 60 professional drivers and auto experts from the industry.
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