Hot and fast Tata Tiago Sport to reach by February 2018
The smart looking hatchback which turned things around for Tata Motors’ passenger vehicle segment in India is about to get a spicy upgrade. A go-fast version of the little car is said to be in the works and could well be showed at the forthcoming 2018 Auto Expo as the Tata Tiago Sport before hitting dealership floors after the event.
It is being said that the Tata Tiago Sport will be powered by the 110 PS, turbocharged, 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine which does duty under the Nexon’s hood. What could also be carried over from the compact SUV is the 6-speed manual gearbox, however, a 5-speed box is also said to be under consideration. Expect fat rubber wrapped on sporty wheels, extensions to the bodywork and a few other visual details to confirm the hatchbacks go fast intent visually. On the inside, expect enhancing bits like sporty pedals, inputs in the upholstery and on the center console to highlight the Tiago Sport’s hot hatch identifications.
The sportier version of Tiago is expected to borrow the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol mill from the Nexon compact SUV. The mill in the Tata compact SUV develops 108.5bhp at 5,000rpm and 170Nm of torque at 2,000-4,000rpm. If the report is anything to go by, Tiago Sport is set to give competitors a run of its money in the hot hatch segment.
Once launched, Tiago Sport will be the most reasonable hot hatch in the country. It is probable to be priced between Rs.6.5 lakh to Rs.7.5 lakh. At that price point, it will undercut all its rivals. Fiat Abarth Punto is the most powerful and affordable hatchback in India at present with 145bhp, followed by Ford Figo 1.5-Petrol that develops 110bhp. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and TDI twin develop 104bhp while Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS comes with 100bhp. And that sums up the hot hatch segment of the country.
A well-built car, our long-termer’s well-balanced ride and handling qualities visibly established that the chassis can definitely handle a little more power. Whenever the Tata Tiago Sport makes it to dealerships, expect the car to command a premium of around INR 1 Lakh over the vanilla Tiago and even after that, it could go on to become India’s first reasonable hot hatch. Fans of the smashing looking Tigor would also be happy to know that a Tigor Diesel ‘S’ is said to be in the works. To match the compact sedan’s fantastic looks, a more powerful 1.5-litre four potter which presently powers the Nexon could be bolted under the Tigor’s hood.