High performance Tata Tiago JTP SPIED ahead of launch: Maruti Baleno RS rival

Tata will soon launch the Tiago JTP in the Indian market. After unveiling the car at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year, Tata started testing the Tiago JTP hot hatch recently. This is the second time that the upcoming hatchback has been spotted on Indian roads. The Tiago JTP will take on hot hatchbacks, such as the Baleno RS, in India, but it will be much cheaper.

Even though Tata has not put a timeline on the launch of the Tiago JTP, the test cars imply that the launch should happen soon. This time the car has been caught testing in the Nilgiri Hills. The hill test is done to ascertain the car’s power on steep inclines. The Tiago JTP will be the most affordable hot hatchback in India replacing the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. It will be the first hot hatchback from the brand and will be the most powerful car under the Rs. 6 lakh mark.

The Tata Tiago JTP will get a new front bumper and rear bumper insert that will make it look different from the regular version of the car. We can also expect a few body graphics that will make the Tiago look quite aggressive. However, the test car does not carry any such graphics.

Tata will launch both the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP powered by the same engine. Both the cars will get a 1.2-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that also powers the Tata Nexon SUV. The engine will re-tuned for the hot hatchback and sedan. In the JTP twins, the three-pot turbocharged engine will produce a maximum of 108 Bhp and 150 Nm. It generates 20 Nm less torque than the Nexon petrol version.

The Tiago JTP will also get a close ratio 5-speed transmission that will make it accelerate faster. Tata will also offer a stiffer suspension set-up that will make the handling sharper. Further, the Tiago JTP will get an updated interior that will be sportier.

Currently, the Maruti Baleno RS is the most affordable hot-hatch in India and is priced at 8.44 lakhs, ex-showroom. The Tiago JTP is expected to get a price tag of around Rs. 6 lakhs that will make it much cheaper than the Baleno RS and the most powerful car in the price bracket.