In the next couple of months, Tata Motors will launch India’s cheapest hot hatchback – the Tiago Sport. The car will feature a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine borrowed from the Tata Nexon compact SUV. This engine produces 108 Bhp and 170 Nm, and is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
It also gets multi-drive modes. This engine in the Tiago Sport will make the car very quick as the Tiago is much lighter than the Nexon. It remains to be seen if Tata Motors alters the power and torque figures of this engine while transplanting it to the Tiago.
The Tiago is one of the best priced hatchbacks in the country, with prices starting from just Rs. 3.21 lakhs. The top-end Tiago Petrol XZ model sells for 4.99 lakhs. The Tiago Sport is expected to command a 1 lakh rupee premium over the regular petrol model, which features a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine with 84 Bhp-114 Nm.
Expect the Tiago Sport to be available only in the XZ trim, with a full list of features. Airbags and ABS will be standard. And with a price tag that’s slightly lower than 6 lakh rupees, the Tiago Sport will be tremendous bang for the buck.
We are not sure if Tata Motors will tweak the suspension of the Tiago Sport for sharper handling. If this is done, it’ll be the cherry on the cake as the car has the potential of becoming a cult model for the brand, especially where enthusiasts are concerned.
With the Auto Expo fast approaching, the car is expected to be showcased that that big ticket event. So, if you’re looking for a peppy yet affordable hatchback, do consider waiting for a couple of months. The Tata Tiago Sport might be the one you’ve been waiting for.