Tata Motors has begun work on a facelifted Tiago hatchback. The facelifted car is expected to be launched by the end of this year, as a mid life makeover. The Tiago Facelift has already been spotted testing on Indian roads. Based on the test mule, we got our rendering artist Vipin Vathoopan to create a render of the facelifted Tiago. Here’s what the final production version could look like.
As the render indicates, the facelifted Tata Tiago will purely be a update to the existing model, which means that changes will be mild. The front bumper gets a re-profiling to give the Tiago a sharper look at front. The front grille also sees a revision while the headlamps get the smoked finish, which is already available on the top end XZ+ trim of the hatchback. The alloy wheels also get a revision.
Apart from these visual changes, the Tata Tiago Facelift will be similar to the current version on the outside. On the inside, the car is expected to get a similar makeover. The seat fabric may have a different colour scheme and so could be the case with dashboard and door trims. The car is also expected to borrow a few features from the Tigor compact sedan such as the climate control unit.
Overall, the facelifted Tata Tiago is expected to be sharper looking than the current model, along with more features on offer. As for pricing, the value pricing – which is one of the biggest strengths of the car – is expected to be retained. Currently, the Tata Tiago’s prices start from Rs. 4.2 lakhs. At launch in 2016, the car’s prices started from Rs. 3.2 lakhs. Over the past couple of years, Tata Motors has steadily increased prices of the Tiago even as it deleted many features to ensure that the car remained profitable to build. Further price increases may not be accepted by customers, and this is a reason why Tata is expected to retain the current pricing even on the facelifted model.
As for mechanicals, the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder Revotron petrol and 1.1 liter-3 cylinder Revotorq turbocharged diesel engines are expected to be retained. The petrol engine makes 84 Bhp-115 Nm and the diesel puts out 69 Bhp-140 Nm. While these outputs are sufficient for regular use, refinement is one area where both engines can do with major improvements. This is an area Tata Motors is expected to focus.
As is the case currently, the petrol engine is expected to continue with 5 speed manual and AMT options with the diesel operating in manual-only guise. The JTP version of the Tiago is expected to continue unchanged, and is not likely to derive cues from the facelifted regular version. This is because of the fact that the JTP version of the Tiago was launched just a few months ago, and it’s too early for a facelift. On the other hand, the Tiago NRG (hatchback based crossover) could get all the changes that are made to the regular version through the facelift.