Tata Motors will soon introduce a performance version of the Tiago. To be called as the Tata Tiago JTP, the new model was recently spotted testing sans camouflage by Team-BHP. The new model will launch during this year's festive season and is expected to cost a lot more hot hatchbacks like the Maruti Baleno RS and the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI.
The test mule of the Tata Tiago JTP that has been recently spotted features a bright red base paint along with many blacked-out bits. The front bumper features a large air dam along with reworked foglamp enclosures. The smoked-finish on the headlights, along with a gloss black front grille, infuse some more sportiness with the front facade. The side profile features sporty dual-tone alloy wheels, bold side skirts, and black-out ORVM caps. The rear is characterized by a large spoiler, a new bumper with a faux-diffuser, and twin exhaust tips. The roof and the spoiler have been painted in black.
On the inside, the Tata Tiago JTP will carry an all-black colour theme with red garnish sprinkled around the air-con vents. The black upholstery will feature a red stitching. Furthermore, the car will offer sporty aluminium pedals. The new model is likely to be available with the same 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that is on offer on the Tiago NRG. It will come paired to a Harman-sourced eight-speaker audio unit.
Powering the Tata Tiago JTP will be the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that propels the Nexon. For the performance-oriented Tiago, however, the engine will receive a performance air intake and a less restrictive exhaust. For the Maruti Vitara Brezza-rival, this engine outputs a maximum power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 150 Nm. In comparison, the regular Tiago's petrol motor offers only 85 pS and 114 Nm. The JTP-spec model will boast a performance-tuned 5-speed manual transmission. It will also benefit from lowered springs and 15-inch alloy wheels, both of which should aid handling.
The Tata Tiago JTP is expected to cost approximately INR 7 lakhs (ex-showroom). This will undercut the Baleno RS (INR 8.47 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi) by a significant margin.
[Image source - teambhp.com]