Tata Motors has officially taken the wraps off their sporty budget hatchback, the Tiago JTP. This entry level Hot Hatch will bring performance oriented / spirited driving dynamics in a segment where we usually have vanilla cars with nothing much to talk about. The Tiago JTP will be launched tomorrow.
This is a performance-spec version of the Tiago, and the Tiago JTP is much more than just a cosmetic makeover.
Powering the car is a 1.2L Turbocharged, Revotron petrol motor producing 114 PS of power @ 5000 RPM and 150 Nm of torque between 2000-4000 RPM matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox only. Tata Motors claims that the gearing has been worked upon for faster acceleration and spirited driving. You also get Sport & City driving modes with the Tiago JTP and the car claims to achieve a 0-100 sprint in 9.95 seconds. Also, you now get a twin barrel exhaust which sounds sporty.
Rivals? Not any direct competition, because this Hot Hatch, although a Hot Hatch, will slot in a segment below the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS & the Volkswagen Polo GT. One can consider the Ford Figo S as a direct competition though.
Other changes to the styling include:
- Sporty front and rear bumper
- Black diffuser
- New grille
- JTP badging
- Twin exhaust muffler
- Twin-pod projector headlamp with chrome accents
- 15″ machine finish alloy wheels
- Wider 185/65 patch tyres
- Side skirts
- Contrast painted ORVMs
- Rear spoiler
- Dual tone paint job with gloss black roof
- Red accents on AC vents
- Leather wrapped steering with contrast stitching
- New seat upholstery
- Aluminium ABC pedals
- Harman ConnectNext stereo with 8-speakers
- Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Cornering Stability Control
- Reverse parking sensors with Camera
Mechanically, the suspension of the Tiago JTP has been retuned for better handling along with reworking the EPS system as well for a sporty feel. The ride height of the car has also been lowered by 4mm.