All of us who were there at the recent Geneva Motor
Show in Switzerland would vouch for the fact that there is another word besides
Namo that is getting popular by the day and that is TaMo from Tata Motors. The
company pleasantly surprised visitors with a brilliantly designed car that goes
by the name of Racemo, besides of course showcasing the Geneva edition of the
Tigor and the Nexon.
1199cc, 3 cylinder
Transmission/ Drive Train
Independent, Lower wishbone, McPherson strut with coil spring
Semi-independent, twist beam with dual path strut
Fuel Tank Capacity
To be announced
Moving on to
the new Tata Tigor, it is basically the sedan version of the popular Tiago from
the Tata Motors stable. In fact it comes with the same engine options as the
Tiago i.e. a Revotron 1199cc three
cylinder petrol engine which produces 84hp @6000rpm and a peak torque of 114 Nm
@ 3500 rpm and a 3 cylinder Revotorq 1047cc, 3 cylinder,
diesel mill which produces 69bhp@4000rpm and a peak torque of 140Nm @1800-3000rpm.
Both the engines are mated to a five speed manual transmission. But what it
does not get from the Tiago is an automatic transmission. That will have to
wait for some time, says the company.
notchback will go up against the likes of the Maruti DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Ford
Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo. The Tigor has been derived from
the Tiago hatchback which was launched in April 2016.
The Tigor is
quite similar to the Tiago right upto the C pillar which then slopes into a
well formed boot, giving the Tigor a stylish notchback look. Maybe that’s the
reason why Tata Motors calls this car the Tigor StyleBack. The car has a
dual-coloured bumper with the Tata Signature Grille, which is accentuated with
a chrome humanity line at the front, with the looks further enhanced by the
crystal-like, smoked projector headlamps. What’s new here is that the honeycomb
grille has undergone a subtle change for the better and the headlamps are also
newly designed ones. Unfortunately,
there are no DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) which are in vogue these days.
profile is enhanced with 15 inch alloys. While the petrol variant gets the 15
inches alloys, the diesel variant has to make do with only 14 inches alloys.
One wonders why? Tata Motors engineers
and stylists have worked pretty hard to get the right design flow beyond the C
pillar. The belt line seamlessly extends into the boot section of the sedan.
The rear features split tail lamps with a chrome strip between them and a long
LED stop lamp fitted high above the descending roof line.
If you are
bowled over by the stylish exterior, you would be pleasantly surprised by the
In order to make
the cabin both chic and practical, Tata Motors has given a darker shade to the
dual tone dashboard with the centre console area having a piano black finish.
The quality of plastic used is quite upmarket, giving it a rich look and feel.
Good quality stretch fabric has been used on the smartly patterned seats of the
Tigor and they have been designed with enough bolsters to give the occupants
enough under thigh support as well as decent back support. Legroom for the passengers,
especially in the rear is more than adequate, thanks to a large wheel base, the
best in the segment.
The rear seat
now comes with an arm rest in the middle and once folded back, it can
accommodate another individual who also gets a small little head rest. Not to
miss is a premium knitted roof Liner.
storage spaces for cups, bottles, mobiles, etc there are 24 utility spaces
within the cabin. There is also a huge boot space of around 419 litres which
can be fully utilised because the company has smartly done away with the
traditional goose neck hinges that would never allow the cargo area to be fully
utilised. Instead there are these two pneumatic cylinders that open the boot
There is no
button or switch to lock the doors from the driver’s side, rather it is the
traditional push down / pull up lock mechanism which is there on the inner door
frame. Come on Tata, you can do a lot better than that! As for the boot lid
release button on the front console, this becomes active only when the ignition
key is turned on fully, engaging the battery. One can also open the
boot lid with the key from the outside.
The Tigor now
has two 12V power outlets, one in the front console area and the other one on
the floor console area, the latter addressing the charging needs for those in
the rear seat. Automatic climate
controls come as a new feature in the Tigor. Not to miss on the dash area is a
new infotainment experience for the occupants. The Tigor continues to have 8
speakers from Harman. What’s new here is that the infotainment system comes
with a 5” touchscreen enabled with video playback, voice command recognition,
SMS readout and display for the rear parking assist camera. Steering mounted
controls are there for adjusting volume and activating voice control.
system is equipped with a comprehensive app suite with dedicated apps for
sharing music on-the-go, Juke Car App as well as a Bluetooth based remote –
Remote, and a Tata Emergency Assist app, these are compatible to only android
the engines powering the Tigor are the same ones that power the Tiago,
delivering similar amounts of power and torque, it does not seem underpowered
at all, despite the fact the Tigor is now 50 kgs heavier in its notchback
avatar. Both engines are available with multi-drive modes – Eco and
City. The Eco
mode is for the more sedate driver, while the City mode, which is also the
default mode, optimises engine output for a peppy driving experience and
efficiency. The small chunky steering wheel is pure Italian in its genetic
buildup and feels quite sporty. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable but is
not telescopic. The Electric Power
Assisted Steering (EPAS) is designed for a light steering feel and for easy maneuvering.
Despite its added length, the car is planted to the road at high speeds and
with its dual path suspension in front and rear, allows good ride and handling.
NVH levels in both petrol and diesel are well under control.
When it comes
to safety, the Tigor has dual front airbags, an energy absorbing body
structure, an advance Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce
Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC) for improved braking efficiency.
All in all,
the Tigor is a brilliant product from Tata Motors. It’s obvious that the
company has turned a new leaf when it comes to smart design, stylish looks,
upmarket performance and reliability.