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TATA TIGOR:SWITCHING UP STYLES

The sub-4 meter sedan segment opened new avenues for consumers of automobiles in the middle class bracket, and in many ways it was a stroke of genius in terms of marketing intelligence. Let’s break it down here: the sedan exemplifies elegance, class, and sophistication. It’s a reflection of the success that you as a person have achieved, and for this reason, buying a sedan is the ultimate goal for many people. However, what truly defines the character of a sedan is the length of its body (more specifically, longer than 4 meters), which means it falls under a higher excise duty tax bracket for automobiles in India (20% for sedans).

Hatchbacks on the other hand are shorter in length, below 4 meters in length) and therefore are cheaper with only 8% excise duty tax. But it does not signify the same appeal that the sedans do. So what the sub 4-meter sedans essentially do is bring you the best of both worlds. It has the appearance of the sedan that in turn gives you a similar experience to some extent while still remaining in the tax bracket that keeps the vehicle relatively cheap. Taking advantage of this budget scheme, Tata Motors was the first to offer a sub 4-meter sedan with the Indica CS (Compact Sedan). This was marketed as the cheapest sedan at the time, and since then Tata has honed their craft in the segment. Fast-forward to today and we have with us the newest offering from Tata in the sub 4-meter sedan segment, the Tata Tigor that is the booted version of the Tiago.

It comes with a slight twist and boasts of an exciting new Styleback design. Lucky for us, we got a chance to take the new Tata Tigor out for a spin.

EXTERIOR

Compact and stylish, the all new Tata Tigor is definitely an eye catcher. Detaching from the traditional threebox design of conventional compact sedans, the Tigor’s design correlates more to that of a coupe. Tata calls it a styleback design and it definitely succeeds in providing style edge in its segment.

The face of the Tigor pretty looks very similar to the Tiago except for a few minor details. Up front large sweptback headlamps flank the oversized mash-type grille. The bonnet gets creases that run above the headlights and merge into the A pillars. Move on to the profile and you will notice the distinctive shoulder line that merges with the tailamps.

The distinctive changes in the Tigor in comparison to the Tiago can be seen towards the rear where the roof sweeps down to fuse with the boot. It is one of the best designs to come from Tata and definitely one of the best amongst competition. Around back the Tigor gets wraparound LED tail lamps withhigh mounted LED stop lamps stylishly integrated into it. The Tata logo sits right over a thick chrome strip and the rear window gets a black spoiler that gives it a sportier and youthful look.

INTERIOR

Inside, the Tigor is well designed and packed with all the features you would want in an everyday city car. It has superior legroom and 24 utility spaces to provide ample space for storage. The style aspect continues with a dualtone interior featuring a soft diamond shaped central console with Connectnext Touchscreen infotainment system by Harman Kardon.

The Tigor gets a three spoke steering wheel that provides decent feedback while driving. The seats have a high seating position rather than conventional sedans which seats lower to the ground. This helps the driving as well as the passengers to have more spacious leg room and a better view of the road ahead.

PERFORMANCE

This stylish city slicker gets a 1.2L petrol engine which churns out a healthy 84 bhp @ 6000 RPM and 114 Nm of torque @ 3500 RPM. This, combined with a buttery smooth 5 speed gear box, making driving through the city easy and effortless. You get to choose between eco and city mode while driving and you can do it easily with a push of a button on the front console.

Switch to eco-mode and you trade off power delivery for better mileage. While the diminished power delivery leaves a gaping void in its performance, using eco mode to lumber around a city is not the worst thing in the world. Having said that, we definitely had more fun staying away from the powered down persona of the Tigor.

There is a good response from the engine even at low revs and upshifts are an easy affair with the light clutch and smooth gear shifting mechanism. Driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic is further aided by its ability to easily fit inside tight spaces and good all-around visibility. The lightweight makes the car agile, and the car takes well to broken roads as well, with its high ground clearance.

In terms of braking, the Tigor offers good feel at the pedal and the system feels adequate enough to handle panic stops. Tata has equipped this car with solid discs at its front and drum brakes at the back.

VERDICT

Tata has continuously improved through the years, especially from the days of the Indica CS. What used to be considered much of an ugly duckling, Tata’s current lineup it falls amongst some of the best-designed vehicles in the market. It is also amongst the few cars in the compact sedan segment that manages to look good.

Features and performances have also picked up pace with competition. If there was any doubt as to whether offerings from Tata could come up to par with other consumer focused manufacturers’ products, there isn’t any more. The styleback design of the Tigor is a winner.

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