Tata Tigor Launching Tomorrow

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Tata Motors will be launching the new Tigor sub-compact sedan in India tomorrow. It has also started accepting bookings for the car. But what is the Tigor closely and how does it stack up against its contestants? The Tigor is a sub-compact based on the Tiago hatchback and the two share not just their underpinnings but the engines too. This means the Tigor will be available with a 1.2-litre 3 -cylinder Revotron petrol engine that makes 85-PS of power and 114-Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine available on the Tigor is a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder turbocharged unit that generates 70 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and right now, there isn’t automatic gearbox option available with either model. The Tigor gets revised gear ratios to make sure it feels peppy. The petrol engine feels smoother too on the Tigor than on the Tiago.

In terms of exterior changes, the Tigor gets projector headlamps with blacked-out surrounds and double-barrel layout. It gets 15 inch wheels which are a step up from the Tiago’s 14 inch rollers (though diesel models still use 14 inch wheels). The rest of the car should remind you of the Tiago, but in a good way.

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The highpoint of the Tigor is its boot. The car has a notchback design and gets hydraulic 4 bar hinges to maximise boot space (the hinges stay outside the boot, making the boot usable and free of intrusions). Boot space, the Tigor has 420 liters of it, making it better than that of Zest. By increasing the wheel-base by 50mm over the Tiago, Tata has been able to give the Tigor a lengthier wheel-base than Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire.

The Tigor managed a great first impression when we first drove it not too long ago. But the deciding factor in its viablity and desirability could come down to the price as it would decide how much bang do you get for your buck. We expect Tata to price the Tigor between Rs.4.2 to 6.5 lakh which would mean it could be a thorn in the sides of sub 4 meter sedans and hatch-backs in its price range. Come tomorrow, we will know what the Tigor’s chances are of winning when it tries to punch above its weight.