Tata Motors is on a roll these days with a lineup of some of the most fabulous and well-researched products in the market. After launching the Tata Tiago compact hatchback and the Tata Hexa SUV, the indigenous auto manufacturer is ready with yet another product - the Tata Tigor compact sedan. Unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo and codenamed Kite 5, the Tigor was recently made available to the media fraternity for the purpose of test drives, and our Editor-in-Chief, Ashish Masih, came with a happy face after driving it.
The Tigor is all set to launch tomorrow and enters a segment dominated by Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze. It will not be an easy task for Tata to make a space for themselves, but given the R&D and the design of the product, we are quite optimistic about its dominance. Here's the top 5 things we know about the Tata Tigor.
In case you are wondering what in the world does Styleback means, well, it's a term coined by Tata Motors itself. A Styleback is nothing but a Fastback or Coupe inspired design, which is a first in this segment. In terms of design, the Tigor sport a sweeping fastback roofline, instead of a conventional sedan-like profile.
Most of the sedans are designed by adding a boot to the corresponding hatchbacks, hence creating a disproportionate body design. The Tigor, on the other hand, has a leverage on this front and Tata has neatly integrated the boot area, making it look shorter and distinctive. The altered roofline, makes the Tigor looks bigger and taller and we would stretch our neck to say that the Tigor is the best looking compact sedan in the domestic today!
Class-leading boot space
Indian Government levies a heavy tax on any car with a length above 4-metre. This is the reason most of the compact sedans end up saving few hundred millimeters to keep the cost on the lower side, resulting in reduced legroom and less boot space. Thankfully, that's not the case with the all-new Tata Tigor sedan. Despite being a sub 4-metre car, the Tigor offers a staggering 420-litre boot.
This makes the Tata Tigor a segment leader in terms of the boot size, when compared with the rest of the sedans on sale today. This feat is achieved by marvelous engineering techniques, like using a hydraulic arm instead of conventional hinges to open and close the boot, hence saving a lot of space. Currently, the Hyundai Xcent offers 407-litre of boot space.
If you thought Tata Tiago was feature packed offering, wait till you see the Tata Tigor, which gets more features than the Tiago. While the basic look and design of the Tigor's cabin is similar to the Tiago's, the sedan has better feel to the cabin ambience and material quality. You will get a Harman-sourced touchscreen infotainment system, reverse camera for parking, automatic climate control and a rear centre armrest as some of the goodies on the top-spec Tigor.
The Tata Tigor not only shares the platform with the Tiago hatchback, but it also shares its powertrains from the compact hatchback. The Tigor is powered by a three-cylinder 1.2-litre Revotron naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces roughly 85 bhp of power and a 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engine with a 70 bhp output.
Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, but expect an AMT gearbox soon, since Tata has already added it to the Tiago hatch. Both the engines are frugal enough and will offer efficiency close to what Tiago is offering - 23kmpl for petrol and 27 kmpl for diesel. If Tata manages to get these numbers out of Tigor, it will sit right at the top with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire in terms of the efficiency.
Last but not the least is the most crucial aspect of any car - the pricing and the competition. Tata Motors stunned everyone with the delectable pricing of Tiago hatch, which starts at Rs 3.20 L (ex-showroom, Delhi), and is placed below the Bolt in Tata’s line-up. And now, Tata Tigor has been launched at a price range of Rs 4.7- 7.1 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), undercutting the nearest rival by almost Rs 30000.
While there's no direct competitor to the Tata Tigor, products like Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze will be the acting rivals till the time Chevrolet launches the Beat Essentia.