Tata Motors just launched the Tiago NRG, a cross version of its bestselling car. India’s loves cars with butch looks and high ground clearance. We won’t be surprised if Tata Motors decides to give the ‘Cross’ treatment to the Tigor compact sedan as well. Here’s what a Tigor Cross could look like, if and when built.
Render courtesy IAB
As the render indicates, the Tigor Cross is likely to get body cladding all around, and this is what will give the car a crossover-ish look-and-feel. Ground clearance could go up by a few mm as well, just like how it happened with the Tiago NRG, which got a 10-mm additional ground clearance.
The Tigor Cross is likely to get 15-inch alloy wheels as standard. Many blacked out bits are likely. The wing mirrors, the front grille, roof and door handles are likely to be blacked out. In other words, the Tigor Cross is expected to be a Tiago NRG with a boot.
If launched,the Tigor Cross will sit at the top of the variant line-up, just like the Tiago NRG. Expect it to command a price premium of Rs. 30,000 over the regular variants. In fact, such a variant could be a good move from Tata Motors to give sales a boost considering the fact that the Tigor is a much slower seller compared to the Tiago.
While it’s unusual for automakers to build crossover-ish variants of their sedans, exceptions do exist. The Volvo S60 Cross Country is one such example. If brought to the market, the Tigor Cross could be the first such car in the affordable segment in India.
As for mechanicals, expect no significant changes. The Tigor is currently offered with two engines – a 1.2-litre petrol with 84 Bhp-115 Nm, and a 1.1-litre turbocharged diesel with 69 Bhp-140 Nm. These engines get 5-speed manual gearboxes as standard while the petrol motor also gets an AMT option.
Tata Motors has planned new variants of the Tigor for India. The JTP version, which will add a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine (108 Bhp-150 Nm) to the range, will be launched soon. There is an electric variant of the car that’s also being prepared for launch.