Tata Motors’ best selling car – the Tiago – has hit a home run. The hatchback is now outselling much smaller, cheaper rivals such as the Renault Kwid and the Hyundai Eon. This makes the Tiago India’s second best selling entry level hatchback, after the market leader – the Maruti Suzuki Alto. In the first three months of 2018, Tata Motors sold 23,100 units of the Tiago hatchback while Renault and Hyundai could only sell 17,517 units of the Kwid and 15,162 units of the Eon respectively. While the Tiago has seen sales grow by over 50 %, sales of the Kwid have fallen by a full 32 % and even the Eon shows a sales dip of about 7 %.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto continues to be India’s best selling car, with 62,100 units sold in the first 3 months of the year. At the fag end of its life cycle in India, the 2nd generation Alto registered only 1 % sales growth and Maruti Suzuki is soon expected to replace this car with an all-new, 3rd generation model.
The Tiago is expected to gain even more ground, in the coming months, what with Tata lining up a high performance JTP version of the car for India. The Tiago JTP promises to be India’s least priced hot hatchback with an estimated starting price of under Rs. 6 lakhs. It could add another 1,000 units to the Tiago’s monthly sales.
The Tiago JTP will use the 1.2-litre REVOTRON turbocharged petrol engine in a more powerful 110 PS-150 Nm state of tune. The gear ratios of the 5-speed manual gearbox have been modified for better performance in the mid and low ends, while the suspension has been stiffened for better handling and steering feel.
The car will also have a few stylistic changes that differentiate it from the regular Tiago. These changes will be both on the inside and outside of the car.
Tata Motors showed this car at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo and is all set to launch it in within a few months from now.