Tata Tiago To Become Most Powerful Compact Hatchback Again?
It is likely to get the upcoming Altroz Turbo’s 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine
Tata launched the petrol-only, facelifted Tiago in January 2020.
The Tiago Turbo could be the ideal replacement for the now-discontinued Tiago JTP.
The spied test mule doesn’t feature any of the design flourishes seen on the Tiago JTP.
It is likely to pack the same set of features as the standard Tiago, including 15-inch alloy wheels.
Tata is expected to launch the Tiago Turbo in the first half of 2021.
It is likely to be priced around Rs 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Tata launched the Tiago facelift in January 2020 and turned it into a petrol-only offering by discontinuing the 1.05-litre diesel engine. The carmaker also axed the JTP variant of the hatchback that featured a turbo petrol engine in June 2020. However, new spy shots from Coimbatore suggest that Tata is keen on reintroducing a turbo-petrol powertrain in its smallest offering.
The Tiago JTP was a result of Tata’s 50:50 joint venture with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotive as part of JT Special Vehicles (JTSV). It was offered with the Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, slightly detuned to produce 114PS and 150Nm. Tata offered the Tiago JTP with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The upcoming Tiago turbo-petrol is likely to feature the same 1.2-litre petrol unit (102PS/140Nm) that will be offered with the Altroz Turbo. It is essentially the Nexon’s petrol engine, although in a detuned state.
Tata offers the petrol-only Tiago with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine that makes 86PS and 113Nm. It is equipped with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed AMT. If introduced with the turbocharged petrol unit, the Tiago will become the only compact hatchback to produce over 100PS of power. The Wagon R and Ignis, with their 1.2-litre petrol motors, will come closest to the Tiago turbo-petrol with a power output of 83PS.
Going by the spy shots, the Tiago turbo-petrol is likely to feature the same design as the regular model. In terms of technical changes, the Tiago JTP came with a retuned suspension setup and reduced ride height. In terms of equipment list though, it could get the same features as the standard version that includes a rear parking camera, 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, and rear wiper with defogger. Since there are no interior shots, we will have to wait and see what changes Tata makes to the cabin of the turbocharged hatchback.
Tata is expected to launch the Tiago turbo-petrol in the first half of 2021 and price it around Rs 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will continue to fight it out with the Maruti Wagon R, Ignis and Celerio, Hyundai Santro, and Datsun GO.
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