Call it by force or an action taken in self realisation. Tata Motors has now started offering its bread and butter model, the Tiago with dual airbags as well as ABS as standard. Earlier, the Tiago used to get a driver airbag as standard while ABS was available from the second trim onwards. However, the upcoming government crash safety norms might have triggered this idea. The new Tata Tiago also gets Corner Braking Control, Electronic Brake Distribution as well as rear parking sensors too as standard. There is also an alert for over-speeding and for the front passengers to wear their seatbelts. The seatbelts will have load limiters as well as pretensioners too.
Prices have increased slightly. The XB trim has been axed and now the base is XE. The updated Tiago price in India is Rs 4.40 lakh, ex-Delhi. This is Rs 14,000 over the older car. A new XZ+ trim was introduced earlier this year and this brought in projector headlights and a touchscreen infotainment system that boasts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Wasn’t a Tata Tiago facelift on the cards?
Yes, it definitely is. However, that is still some time away. The facelift will also bring with it BS-VI engines and the diesel will most likely be given the axe as well. Speaking of the current car, there are no mechanical changes and this means the 84PS, 1.2-litre petrol and 70PS 1.0-litre diesel engine continue. The petrol gets a 5-speed or AMT choice while the diesel makes do with a manual transmission.
The Tiago has been instrumental in turning around Tata Motors’ fortunes. It was a solid contender in the A2 hatchback segment. However, the recent launches like those of the Santro as well as the WagonR have pushed the Tiago further down the ladder. The facelift could very give a boost to the sales numbers.