Yes, this is correct that Tata Motors were the ones who introduced the term sub 4 meter vehicle or now as we popularly refer to as a compact sedan in India. It all began with the Indigo which was an attempt to provide the consumer a sedan that was reasonable in size, had decent luggage space and was relatively comfortable with a decent engine performance. Thus making a mark the Indigo and Indigo eCS did manage to garner some kind of fame especially in the commercial space with quite a few people making it their personal choice as well. As time progressed so did the shelf life of this particular model and then came a moment to give it a change. Tata Motors who at that point were trying to innovate and improve their brand perception in the Indian market launched the Zest in India.
Based on their new design direction Horizon Next, the Zest created quite a stir and curiosity in the mind of the consumer as this was way different from what we had been seen coming for the house of Tata. It tried to look premium but somehow wasn’t able to make a decent in the mind which is why after the recent launch of Tata Hexa and success of Tata Tiago hatchback the company is now about to introduce Tata Tigor for the perspective consumer. What is this compact sedan all about let us find out?
Tata Tigor Exteriors
This is not the first time that the Tata Tigor is going to brake cover. In fact it’s design terminology was showed at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo where this particular vehicle was put up as a concept. But now in profile it looks identical to the concept which brings us to the point what all elements should one watch out for? Well the front end will seem more or less familiar because it is that of Tata Tiago hatchback. However there are few elements that catch your intention instantly that are smoked projector headlamps, Tata’s signature grille comprising of honey comb design and a dual tone bumper that housed a pair of circular fog lamps.
On the sides, Tata Tigor has a nice silhouette that provide a sharp shoulder line with a set of 14 inch alloys. Note this tyre size is only for the diesel variant, the petrol has larger rubber – 15 inches as it caters to an all-new diamond cut allot wheel design. Now coming to the rear, this is the most interesting part of this design as it looks very European in nature. What we really like is that unlike a contemporary compact sedan, this does not feature a wedged tailgate which is rather a good thing that Tata’s have managed to incorporate out here. Thus the presence of split LED tail lights along with a high mounted LED stop lamp lend the Tigor a ravishing touch. Integrated reflector inserts on either sides of the rear bumper complete the look for this compact sedan.
Tata Tigor Interiors
The Tata Tigor comes fitted with a dual tone (combination of grey and black) Like the Tata Tiago and Tata Hexa, the Tigor too has great quality plastics, fit and finish. Talking about the layout, this one resembles that off the Tiago which could be a negative as there is nothing radically new to expect from the cabin. Nevertheless there is a three spoke steering wheel with piano black plastic finish that looks premium. The instrument cluster is the same that features two dials (speedometer & RPM) on either side with a digital information display right in the center.
Move to the left and the naked eye is greeted by a piano black finished center console that houses a 5 inch ConnectNext touchscreen infotainment system by Harman. This particular system offers features like navigation, AUX-In, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. It can also double up as an SMS readout and display for rear parking camera. For great sound quality there are 8 speakers in the Tigor. It even has different apps to stay connected at all times while being on the move.
Seats in Tata Tiago are well cushioned and provide ample for head, shoulder and legroom. It’s quite comfortable in the back though best suited for only two occupants. Rest the cabin caters to many storage spaces like cup holders, a glovebox, door bays among others. Another aspect that holds a great amount of significance is the boot space as this sedan stands to offer 419 litres
While safety equipment on board includes dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce distribution) and Corner Stability Control.
Tata Tigor Engine and performance
Tata Tigor might look interesting from the outside but in case you were under the impression that Tata Motors would introduce something new in relation to the powertrain then let us tell you that they are same as Tata Tiago. Therefore this compact sedan is available in both petrol and diesel derivatives. The petrol Tigor features a 3 cylinder 1.2 litre Revotron engine that produces 85 PS of power output with 118 NM torque. On the other hand the diesel is a 3 Cylinder 1.05 litre Revotorq unit that churns out 70 PS of power and 140 Nm torque respectively. Both these engines come matted to a 5-speed manual transmission. Note currently Tata Motors is not providing an AMT on the Tigor.
With specs out the way, let us talk about how it is to drive. In contrast to what Tata Tiago is the Tigor feel more or less the same. Though the dimensions are slightly different due to its stretched boot due to which the vehicle still feels very easy to maneuver in the city as well as on the highway. The diesel variant was the one with which we spent most of our time with, so would be talking it. This 1.05 unit feels refined with minimal amount of lag.
Though the NVH levels could have been enhanced to make the in-cabin experience a little more enjoyable. It’s 5 speed gearbox isn’t one of the smoothest especially the 2nd and the 3rd gear that take a bit of time getting used to. The ride on Tata Tigor is exceptionally good which is to say that it soaking in pot holes and broken roads with utter ease Considering that this one is 50 kgs heavier than the Tiago, the handling characteristics are right up there no matter what you throw in front of it this car will not disappoint you.
Tata Tigor Verdict
The Tata Tigor definitely seems up for the job as it has got all the essential ingredients to make consumer get attracted towards it. The design elements are what will strike the cord the best while performance complementing the feel with comfort not falling far behind for a great overall experience. Rest one would have to wait and watch as to how Tata Motors finally price the Tigor for the Indian market. We expect the pricing to be competitive between 4.7 – 7.5 lakhs (ex-showroom), as this compact sedan would be launched on the 29th of March 2017. Until then please stay tuned to the OnCars Car News Section for all the updates on Tata Tigor.