Tata Motors had announced an all-new car to replace the age old Indica in the Indian markets long before in 2012, but was withholding its launch for a number of reasons. Now finally the car is ready to be taken off its wraps after a final name change. The car that was codenamed as the Kite series and later as the Zica will now be known as the Tiago. The launch is set to take place on 28th of March and the advance bookings have already opened. Here are more details on the Tiago.
Exterior dimensions and design
The Tiago measures 3,746 mm in length, 1,647 mm in width, 1,535 mm in height and 2,400 mm in wheelbase. This makes it a pretty spacious car much like that of Celerio, but looks wise it resembles the Ford Figo more. However other design details are very fresh that set it apart from any other Tata car released till date. Notable exterior features are the wide mesh grille and sweptback headlamps, sloping rear windshield, prominent creases, body coloured door handles, integrated rear spoiler with brake lights and boomerang tail lights.
Colours are Platinum Silver, Pearl White, Espresso Brown, Sunburst Orange, Berry Red and Striker Blue.
Interior cabin and features
Coming to the interiors, space is one of the areas which Tata Tiago could boast of, especially legroom and headroom. The boot also offers a lavish 242 litres cargo space. The dashboard and instrument cluster look more or less similar to that seen in the Zest or Bolt. The car will get comfort features like steering mounted controls, Harman infotainment system with four speakers and two tweeters, manual AC, Multi-Drive mode, power windows and electrical ORVMs and basic safety features like ABS-EBD, rear parking sensors and airbags.
Tata has equipped the Tiago with both petrol and diesel engines that are well designed for urban use. The petrol variant is a turbocharged 1.2litre motor which can produce a maximum power of around 75 hp and a peak torque of 120 Nm, while giving out a mileage of 18 kmpl. The diesel variant will come with a new 1.05litre engine producing a maximum power of 64 hp and peak torque of 142 Nm. Fuel efficiency of the diesel model is likely to be around 23 kmpl. Both the motors are expected to get an automated manual transmission along with a standard 5speed manual gearbox. Tata Motors promises a perfect ride and handling here, thanks to the taut chassis, firm suspension, well weighed steering wheel and tyres with good grip.
All said correct pricing is ultimately the key for the success of any car in the Indian market. The price of the new car is expected to be in the range of Rs 3.5-4.6 lakhs.