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Tata Tigor Overview

Tata Motors gets the credit of inception of the sub-4 meter sedan segment with the introduction of Indigo around a decade back in 2007. Then, again in August 2014, in an attempt to further exploit the sub-compact sedan segment, the company launched the Zest sedan in the Indian market. But now, as the aforementioned sedan duo is ageing and doesn’t consist of contemporary features as its counterparts, Tata has come up with yet another sub 4-meter sedan in form of the all-new Tigor. Being based on the super successful Tiago hatchback, it had its first public appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo. Tata Tigor is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in four grades: XE, XT, XZ and XZ (O). The all-new Tata Tigor features several styling and interior elements, along with the same set of petrol and diesel motors as the sibling hatch. Tata has termed the Tigor as ‘Styleback’ and it comes with the best-in-segment boot capacity of 419 litre. For information on contact details of Tata car dealers in Pune

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Tata Tigor Design

The Tigor is a breath of fresh air in the compact sedan space. Traditionally sub 4-metre sedans have been cars made to look like a sedan by adding a boot to a hatchback. The Tigor, on the other hand, is thoughtfully designed. It looks eye-catching, particularly from the rear, and its swooping rear even reminded us of the BMW X6.The front end is the same cheerful-looking face from the Tiago, though there are a few changes. The grille uses a new hexagonal pattern and the headlights get a smoked treatment. We only drove the top end variant, the XZ, and Tata Motors has not revealed the number of variants or the difference between features, though the XZ gets a double-barrel layout and projector beams. Given the similarity of the design from the front, it is difficult to tell from a distance whether you are looking at the Tiago or Tigor. Daytime running lamps have been given a miss, probably to keep costs in check.

The difference in design can be noticed from the B-pillar onwards, since the Tigor’s rear half is completely new. The Tigor is longer than the Tiago by 276mm, and that isn’t down to just the boot. The Tigor also has a longer wheelbase to increase the space in the backseat, and there are larger doors for the second row to make getting in and out easier too. Along with the rolling roofline, the Tigor actually looks like a much more expensive car thanks to the coupe-like design.The rear three-quarter is the best angle to look at the car from, especially with the design of the tail lights and chrome strip running across the width of the bootlid and into the tail lamps. The roof-mounted spoiler integrates an LED strip across its width for the stop lamp and looks good too.

On the whole, the Tigor is easily the best looking sub 4-metre sedan, while a ground clearance of 170mm adds to its stance, offering a crossover-like feel visually. Difference between the petrol and diesel are the diesel’s smaller 14-inch wheels as compared to the petrol’s 15-inch ones.

Tata Tigor Cabin

Step inside and you won’t notice and major changes over the Tiago. The dashboard design is exactly the same including the 3-spoke steering wheel and the instrument cluster. However, you get some more goodies in the Tigor compared to its hatchback sibling. The centre console comes with a Harman Connectnext touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. It is being offered with Tata App Suite that lets you control the system via several apps for Navigation, Music, Emergency, Car Settings, etc. The display also doubles up as a reverse parking camera display. The touch quality isn’t great but the interface is user friendly. You also get steering mounted audio controls along with voice command system. The Tigor comes with 8 speakers and it sounds quite impressive with clear acoustics.

Another additional feature over the Tiago is the automatic climate control system which works quite well and cools the cabin effectively. The quality, fit and finish is similar to the hatch, which is quite impressive as Tata has improved their quality leaps and bounds compared to the older products. There are quite a few storage spaces to keep the cabin neat and tidy. The seats are very comfortable, specially the rear seats that have been improved in terms of padding and support. The legroom is ample at the back and you also get centre arm rest with cup holders. The boot is very accommodating with 419-litre of capacity. The best part about the boot is that you don’t get those conventional hinges that hinder the capacity and instead Tata has put hydraulic struts for optimum space in the boot.

Tata Tigor Performance

The Tigor will be available with the same diesel and petrol motors that power the Tiago, and both motors will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. As of the now, the petrol version will not get an AMT gearbox option which is available on the Tiago. Let’s talk about the diesel Revotorq engine first. This is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel mill that makes 70bhp and 140Nm of torque. On firing the engine, the diesel clatter can be heard within the cabin and some of the vibrations filter through to the pedals too.Off the mark, the diesel Tigor builds up pace in a linear manner and there’s hardly any turbo lag. It’s not exactly quick but there’s a mild surge at 1,900rpm till about 3,200rpm which helps the progression in speed. However, the narrow range means that you need to keep working the gearbox at times to derive the best out of this engine, especially for a quick overtake. One also needs to note that the engine gets louder when revved hard. This five-speed gearbox shifts with decent accuracy along a slightly rubbery gate but the throws are long and they sometimes don’t shift appropriately while slotting in a hurry.

This brings us to the all-aluminium three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 85bhp and 114Nm of torque. This motor has undergone tweaks to improve the refinement and it shows immediately. However, if you keep the throttle depressed, the engine noise makes its presence felt but it doesn’t sound coarse. This is especially pronounced when you rev it to overtake or carry out a performance oriented manoeuvre. However, after driving the diesel Tigor, the petrol version felt a lot more eager and the build-up of momentum is quite linear all the way to the 6400rpm red line. This motor also has enough grunt for some adequate highway cruising abilities too.The five-speed gearbox on the petrol Tigor has long throws which feels far from precise. But thanks to the slightly lighter clutch (than diesel), the entire shifting process is easier. There are two drive modes on offer, namely Eco and City. The outcome of these modes are more pronounced in the petrol than in the diesel. When you start either of the engines, the City mode is activated by default, however on choosing Eco mode, the system slightly reduces the response from the engine to make way for more efficiency. Nevertheless, we felt that out on the highway, it makes sense to slot in City mode for some extra mid-range punch especially while overtaking.

Tata Tigor Driving

The ride quality has to be one of the Tigor’s biggest highlights. The suspension offers a very good combination of ride and handling, especially the diesel, which runs on 14-inch wheels. It soaked bumps and potholes extremely well, and while both versions do not lose their composure over bad roads, the diesel offers a better ride with lesser up-and-down or side-to-side movements. The petrol uses 15-inch wheels and tends to cause more movement on broken roads, though ride quality is very good.The Tigor is impressive in terms of handling too. The suspension offers confidence when driving sportily or going fast around corners. The steering has a nice weighted feel, and it is not too sharp in terms of responses, but the suspension adds to the confidence. The petrol feels more confident with its bigger wheels and a slightly more responsive steering, as it is lighter than the diesel by about 70kg. Brakes feel good, though we would have liked some more initial bite. Stability under hard braking is better in the petrol.

Tata Tigor Safety

Tata Motors is offering the new Tigor with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD with cornering stability control. The Tigor hasn’t been crash tested yet but the body panels and the sheet metal feels quite solid and well built, specially when you open/close the doors. Tata has a wide network across the country and with the success of the Tiago, their after sales have become much better. The Tigor is expected to offer low maintenance with reasonably priced servicing and spare parts.

Tata Tigor Cost in Hyderabad

Tata Tigor Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,62,359/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 6,95,793/- (Tigor XZ O Diesel). Get best offers for Tata Tigor from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Tigor price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Tata Tigor Bottomline

After spending some time with the Tigor, we believe Tata Motors have got another winner in their hands after the Tiago, if they price it well. The Styleback design of the Tigor is unique and looks quite appealing, the interiors are loaded with features, the cabin is spacious and practical while the engines are also fuel efficient. If accepted well in the market, the Tigor can give some serious threat to the compact sedan segment.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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