Tata has been long trying to transform their image in the market, and results are showing these days. Tiago, launched last year, is a success in the market. Their first launch of 2017, the Hexa crossover, has also gained decent traction in the market with the first-month sales number almost touching 1,500 units. Tata’s next launch will be the Tigor – here is everything about the ‘compact sedan’ that you did not know about!
The name Tigor is derived from Tiago hatchback. It is pronounced as Tee-Guar just like the Jaguar. Tata Motors released three names for the Kite5 concept last year. The Tigor name was chosen over the names Altigo and Viago.
It is not a sedan!
When Tata Motors announced the name of their new car, they also said that the Tigor is not a sedan. Tata says that the Tigor is a ‘styleback.’ The term is Tata’s own creation – among car body classifications, it would be called a notchback (an example is the original Skoda Octavia). A notchback is a design that has a very distinct angle of the C-pillar, and the boot itself is very small in size.
The design has already won an award
In December last year, the Tigor won the Confederation of Indian Industrial design award. The CII design excellence award was given the Kite5 concept for its exquisite styling. Tigor has already started winning awards, that is a good sign for Tata.
Cheapest sedan in India
The Tigor will become the cheapest sedan in India when launched. The vehicle will be placed under the Tata Zest in the market, which is currently the most affordable sedan if the country. The Tigor will take the crown from the Zest and will be priced at around Rs. 4.2 lakh when launched.
Tata’s third car with IMPACT design
Tata introduced the IMPACT design last year. The IMPACT design philosophy targets a wider audience base. According to Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors, the IMPACT design philosophy aims to attract more women and young people, and that changes the way design approach. The effect of this design philosophy can be already seen on the Tiago and the Hexa. The Tigor will be the third vehicle to have IMPACT design.
Tiago’s extended cousin
Tata Tiago has been a success in the market. The cheap yet premium hatchback helped Tata to overtake Honda in sales at a few months back. The Tigor will be an extended version of the Tiago with the added boot. The popularity of the Tiago will certainly help the arrival for the Tigor in the market.
Loaded with features
Just like the Tiago, the Tigor will come loaded with many features. To start with, there will be a 2-DIN infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB and AUX-in connectivity. The sedan will also get driving modes. Tata will be generous with the space inside the vehicle and will also give comfortable additions like armrest for the rear passengers.
The Tigor will kick-start an all-new segment in India. Even though hatchbacks are the most popular type of vehicles in India, a large number of customers also go for the sedans. The Tigor will start an all-new segment of sedan class that will be joined by Chevrolet Beat Essentia, and Renault Kwid sedan at a later stage.
The Tigor will be powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol motor will be a 1.2-litre Revotron engine that produces a maximum of 84 BHP-114 Nm of torque. The diesel engine will be a 1.1-litre Revotorq that provides a maximum of 69 BHP – 140 Nm of torque. The 5-speed manual transmission will be standard with both the engine options, but we do believe that Tata may also launch the AMT option with the petrol model.
Tata has been testing the Tigor for a long time now. Finally, the vehicle is production ready, and the launch will happen in April-May of this year. Tata will also announce the opening of the bookings soon.