Tata has had many ups and downs with its latest hatchback. The car was first unveiled in December last year and we have been eagerly waiting for the hatch ever since. We liked the features it offered and the way it was all put together. After avoiding controversies with the Zica name tag, the Tiago was all set to be launched on March 28, 2016. However, the launch has now been postponed to April.
It recently made headlines at the Auto Expo and soon after, Tata declared that the car will be called 'Tiago'. Since then, it has been spotted at dealerships, suggesting that the deliveries might start soon after the launch. Bookings for the automobile also started on March 10, for a token amount of Rs. 10,000. The car also made an appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show where it was showcased in certain styling tweaks.
A quick recap of the specs; the hatch comes with two engine options. This line-up consists of the ‘Revotron’ 1.2-litre petrol and ‘Revotorq’ 1.05-litre diesel. These engines offer 85PS and 70PS of power respectively. They have been well tuned for city driving and do not break a sweat in bumper to bumper traffic. On the highways, the engines respond well and the new dual path suspension feels well balanced. Steering is neither too light nor too heavy and feels quite confident at high speeds.
It comes with safety features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) and Corner Stability Control. Other features include Tata’s ConnectNext Infotainment System with Bluetooth connectivity, tuner, USB, Aux-in and a large screen display. This system also offers smartphone integration with two apps - Navigation and Juke. The Tiago comes with a segment first - 8 speaker system (4 speakers and 4 tweeters).
This car will go head to head with the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. We expect the prices to start at around Rs. 3.75 lakh. This will really spice up the things in the compact car segment, despite the competitors being well settled in the market.