Tata Motors’ first ‘modern’ family car was the Indica. It was launched with the tagline ‘more car per car’ and ever since, the company has been rolling out spacious hatchbacks and sedans. This is also the reason why the Indica and Indigo went on to become a hit in the taxi segment.
The next big step in the company’s history came in the form of the ‘made of great’ campaign that aims to produce world class cars with perfect combination of space, features and quality. The first example was the Tiago that has received tremendous response from customers (see our West Coast travelogue with the Tiago) and next was the massive Hexa which we loved driving last year (see our detailed review). The Tigor will be the third product under this new campaign.
Based on the Tiago, the Tigor is expected to go on sale in April 2017. The big thing here is the pricing that is expected to be under the Rs 4 lakh mark for the base petrol version. Yes, you read that right – a sedan at the price of a small hatchback will now be a reality. The car will be produced at Tata Motors’ Sanand facility near Ahmedabad. The diesel model line-up is expected to start at Rs 4.75 lakh. At these prices, the Tigor will under-cut other small sedans by a huge margin. Leaving out the Zest, the cheapest option in the market is the Dzire with a base petrol price of Rs 5.35 lakh and base diesel price of Rs 6.16 lakh. Understand the difference?
The Tigor will share everything in common with the Tiago, apart from the extended length and rear part of the body. Tata is not calling this a sedan, but a styleback which basically refers to a notchback design that we see in cars like the Skoda Octavia. This styling has also given the Tigor the best rear in the business – looks classy we say!
The Tigor will carry forward the Tiago’s success due to its combination of space, features and quality. We have spent extensive time with the Tiago and the Tigor will further build up on extended space for rear passengers, more features like an updated touchscreen display and a rear arm-rest as well as (possibly) rear air-con vents.
In terms of engines, it will continue to be powered by the same units as the Tiago which means you can opt for either the 1199cc petrol with 85 PS of power and 114 Nm of torque or the 1047cc diesel with 70 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. An AMT will be offered at a later stage.
Stay tuned for more next month. We are scheduled to drive the car on 16th March.