Tata’s new age vehicles have gathered a lot of attention in the Indian market in recent time. Starting with the Tiago, vehicles like Tigor, Hexa, Nexon and Harrier have together pushed the sales number of the Indian manufacturer. Tata is currently testing the facelifted version of the Tigor sedan and the heavily camouflaged version of the test mule has been spotted numerous times on the Indian roads.
Here is a speculative rendered image of the sedan by IAB that shows what the car may look like in the future. Tata launched the Tigor in 2017 and to keep the model fresh in the market, a facelifted version is expected to be launched in 2020. Most likely, Tata will showcase the new version of the Tigor at the 2020 Auto Expo followed by a launch later in the same year.
Even the stricter BS-VI emission norms will be in place in 2020, which will allow Tata to time the launch of the facelifted Tigor with the new compliant engine. The facelifted version of the Tigor will not be a major design change. The vehicle is expected to get minor tweaks in the front that will be in accordance with Tata’s latest IMPACT 2.0 design language.
Pratap Bose, the design head of Tata Motors earlier commented on a social media platform that Tata is not in favour of following the “Chinese Doll” design strategy. The Chinese Doll reference comes from the identical dolls in different sizes. It indicates that the Tata Harrier’s new design language of separate DRL and headlamp housing is unlikely to find its way into every other model of the Tata’s line-up.
Talking about the 2020 Tigor, it is expected to get a new grille, a new bumper and tweaked headlamps and tail lamps. The notchback shape of the sedan, which Tata refers to as “Style back” will remain the same. Also, it is expected to get new alloy wheels and tweaked interiors to keep it fresh.
Currently, the Tata Tigor is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. There is a 1.2-litre Revotron engine that generates a maximum of 85 PS and 114 Nm of peak torque. The 1.05-litre diesel engine churns out a maximum of 70 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. Tata offers a 5-speed manual transmission with both the engine options but the petrol variants also come with AMT automatic transmission.
With the facelifted model, Tata may drop the diesel engine altogether as upgrading a small diesel engine to BS-VI compliance will increase the price of the Tigor by a lot, which will make Tata lose the price advantage. The facelifted version will come with an updated petrol engine. Tata also offers the performance Tigor JTP in the market, which will be updated on the same lines. Also, the launch of Tigor EV is expected to happen in the market in the coming months.