Tata Motors have been looking its way out for a power-packed products, with many performance enhanced version in concept form were also displayed at the Auto Expo. But, those days are gone and you can own one with the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. Both the models have been developed by a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Motors and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automobile. These JTSV models are zippier than the regular ones, and can be a good option for those who long for punchy ride. These models are powered-up, sporty not with its driving dynamics, but with its looks as well. So there is a lot more to go through in these two beauties that resides a bit of a devilish nature within the bonnet.
Definitely it looks more superior than the regular models and while on the street, it is a head turner. JTSV has given a good makeup to both – Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP that gives them a more aggressive look with a new front bumper. It is not unknown that both the model has the same face, be it the standard version of the JTP’s. The front grille gets a honeycomb grille with a JTP signature on it and without any surprise, we would add this there no use of chrome to give it a fancy touch on the outside and instead has been worked out with piano black. The JTP badging is not limited to the front grille and is also on the side vents and at the rear.
The project headlamps are just like the one on the Tigor facelift and this is for sure that car enthusiasts can not ignore the bonnet scoop on them. Some people must think that it is for show, but does the job just fine by letting cooling slip inside the engine compartment. The wing mirrors on the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP come with contrasted black and red finish, respectively, and a black roof to get it more done. The stance has been lowered by 4mm and the JTP’s ride on 15 inch alloys, unlike the 14 inchers on the standard versions. Another noticeable bit is at the rear with the reworked bumper and diffuser added to it, but a dual-tipped exhaust adds more charm to the looks.
The interior layout of the JTPs is same as the standard version, but get some addition of cool bits. The smaller steering wheel seems better and comfortable to hold with the leather wraps. The aluminium pedals and contrast stitching gives a more touch of sportiness along with the pattern on the seats that catch with the red accents. Though, the feature list is not much, but you still get a small 5 inch touchscreen infotainment. This is for sure that the cost is also taken in to be taken in consideration. AC vents get red surrounds. The red detailing though does not get in your eyes and gives no less than a standout appeal.
The interior space of the both the JTP’s is just the same as the stocked Tiago and Tigor. So, the space-comfort is of no issue, however, the front seats are comfortable and could have had more sculpted side bolsters to hold along with some cushioning to lower-end for back. You also get dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors on the Tiago and reverse parking camera on the Tigor in the list of safety features, along with the 8 speaker sound system and a steering-mounted audio controls in the list.
Engine and Performance
More interesting thing is here under the bonnet, where powering both the models is a turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre petrol engine that you will find on the stocked Tiago and Tigor. So this engine gives an extra 30bhp and a healthy torque of 150Nm. The engine is the same that also serves the Nexon’s bonnet, but it has been tuned to pull more power out of it. The transmission is the same as the Tiago, but has been matched to give a good stand till acceleration. With two modes – City and Sport, one would love to be on Sport mode, all you have to do is keep the revs over 3000rpm, and if you pressed the pedal too hard, you might wake someone from a power nap. The mid-range keeps up the way low-range performance is and the limiter goes to the red line at 6000rpm. There is another important thing that one cannot ignore, the sound of the engine acceleration (not talking about the clattering sound of the regular version). The high pitching whistling sound adds more feel to the ride and this comes as soon as you shift gears.
Our route was Coimbatore to Ooty, and this test drive came out to be livelier on this route. Though, the Tiago JTP gets other mechanical changes like a lowered and stiffer suspension setup finely tuned to give a heavy weight to the steering wheel and quicker turns with the steering precision, not forgetting the bigger and wider tyres to hold on to the tarmac and providing more grip, while going through the corners. Out of the two Tiago JTP felt more like a power-packed proposition than the Tigor JTP, being lighter by 35kg doesn’t add much to dynamics, but the body structure does. While climbing up the Nilgiri’s it has been just the acceleration pull of the car that made it more potent. As soon as you shift the from second to third before touching red limiter, you get to know that this one is no less and you still left with the heated acceleration, as you were thriving for.
If you are wondering that whether, JTP’s can go through rough patches? Yes! It can easily take rough patches and there is no compromise to the ride comfort.
Tata Motors has priced the Tiago JTP at Rs 6.39 lakh and the Tigor JTP with a tag of Rs 7.49 lakh, which is Rs 80,000 pricier than the range-topping Tiago and Rs 1.3 lakh more than the regular Tigor, respectively. The pricing seems fine, but comparing to its rival Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs and Volkswagen Polo GT, it takes on both when it comes to the pricing as well as with its specification. It will be a fun to ride these JTP’s on the City roads and, nonetheless, these have the same warranties and service intervals as the standard ones. So no worries.