Tata Motors have revamped their image for the Indian Automobile market; they already created a lot of hype with their hatchback offering Tiago. If you all remember alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata had also showcased a Tiago based compact sedan back at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo as well. There was no doubt that both the Tiago hatchback and the compact sedan based on the hatchback grabbed people’s attention at the Auto show. The sub-4 meter car was codenamed Kite5 while later it was officially renamed as ‘Tigor’.

There is no denying the fact that Tata Motors started the trend of compact sedans in the Indian market with their product the Indigo ecs but later the segment was overtaken by its rivals. Tata Motors was determined to get their hold back once again here, and as a result of all that, they have launched some modern generation products with refined styling and improved overall interior and exterior. Their new generation products certainly worked for the Indian market, and after almost a year of launch, the Tiago hatch still sells like hot cakes.

Tata Motors used the same strategy and introduced the Tigor compact sedan as well based on the same hatchback platform. But Tata called it Styleback because it did not have the typical styling of a small car. As a matter of fact, the Tigor is the unique looking car of its segment. Look at this car which falls under budget compact sedans category, but it still has the appeal of a premium offering which will impress many.

Yes, the Tigor shares the same drivetrain with the Tiago hatchback gets the same face with few tweaks, but the similarities end there.

Click past jump to learn more about the 2017 Tata Tigor compact sedan

EXTERIOR

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The Tigor compact sedan underpins slightly tweaked version of the XO platform. Although the car uses the same platform, the wheelbase has been extended by 50 more mm to add the extra amount of space for the rear passengers.

Coming to its exterior styling, we must inform you all that the Tigor Styleback looks far better than any other compact sedans of the Indian market. It is quite evident that the Tigor hurriedly did not finish designing the car. It does not have any disproportionate lines towards the B-Pillar onward while the boot and the rear profile blends perfectly with the overall design quite well. The sloping roofline towards the rear of the car and that integrated roof spoiler with the stop lamps adds a premium appeal to the Styleback. The rear profile also features a wraparound split LED taillamps which look gorgeous with the Hexagonal elements in it. The lower bumper at the rear profile looks bulky which has helped in making the sedan appear slightly bigger than its sibling Tiago.

Apart from the newly done rear profile, the front and side profile gets the same treatment as seen on the Tiago hatchback. Fewer changes to the front include a smoked projector headlamp which also gets integrated LED DRL’s as well. The lower bumper houses round shaped fog lamps with chrome embellishments. The Tigor also gets Tata’s signature grille with Hexagonal detailing and Tata Motors logo at the centre; this grille can also be found in the Tiago hatchback as well. The side profile too looks identical to the hatchback with no such noticeable changes. However, it does get two different alloy wheel patterns for the petrol and diesel variants respectively.

Thus with all the changes mentioned above calling the Tata Tigor one of the most proportionate looking compact sedan’s currently available in the Indian market won’t be an understatement.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Overall Length3992 mm
Overall Width1677 mm
Overall Height1537 mm
Wheel Base2450 mm
Ground Clearance170 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity35 litres
Boot Space419 litres
Kerb weight (kgs)1035-1062

INTERIOR

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Although there are plenty of changes on the exterior Tata Motors decided not to mess too much with the cabin inside for the Tigor. You can clearly notice that the steering wheel, dashboard, instrument cluster and everything else that you see shared with the Tigor hatchback. However, the changes do come in the form of a new 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which housed in the middle of the dash.

What else is also new is the rear seat design. Tata Motors calls it a sofa because the back seat stretched to the both the edge of the door opening; the rear seat also gets a foldable rear armrest with two additional cupholders exclusive to Tigor. There are also plenty of cubby holes inside the cabin as well Tata says that there are as much as 17 cubby holes inside the cabin which is quite practical. The extended wheelbase has not only helped in extracting the maximum amount of knee room for the rear passengers but boot space as well. The Tigor gets an impressive 419 Litres of boot space at the back of this compact car which definitely will come in handy for the customers of this segment.

Overall the interior looks spacious (credit goes to the extended wheelbase), well-equipped thanks to the new touchscreen infotainment screen, automatic climate control (available on the top end variant) and JBL speakers. The seats too look comfortable because it is slightly more reclined and can comfortably accommodate 3 average side adults. Furthermore, the cabin also gets plenty of cubby holes as well which really comes in handy during long tours.

DRIVETRAIN

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Tata Tigor compact sedan shares the same powertrains with the Tiago hatchback. The petrol variant gets the 1.2 litres 3-cylinder Revotron MPFi engine with the Multidrive facility. Paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, the engine is capable of churning out about 85 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm.

The diesel variant will get the newly developed 1.05 litre 3 cylinders Revotorq CRAIL engine, the diesel mill generates about 70 PS of peak power at 4000 rpm and 140 Nm peak torque at 1800-3000 rpm. Just like the petrol variant, the diesel unit also is paired to 5-speed manual transmission.

There is also a chance that Tata Motors might also introduce an AMT transmission as well with the petrol variant later.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

SpecificationsPetrolDiesel
Engine1.2 litre 3 cylinder Revotron MPFi, Multidrive1.05 litre 3 cylinder Revotorq CRAIL, Multidrive
Displacement1199 cc1047 cc
Transmission5 speed manual/AMT5 speed manual/AMT
Maximum power85 PS @ 6000 rpm70 PS @ 4000 rpm
Maximum torque114 Nm @ 3500 rpm140 Nm @ 1800-3000 rpm

RIDE AND HANDLING

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The Tigor offcourse uses the same Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with Coil Spring towards the front and Semi-Independent; closed profile Twist beam with Dual path Strut towards the rear. The Tigor is 40-50 kilograms heavier than the hatchback and Tata Motors has reworked the suspension setup for better ride quality and handling.

For stopping the Tigor compact sedan relies on disc brakes towards the front and drum brakes for the rear. The car also rides on a 155/80 R13 Steel – XE, 175/65 R14 Steel – XT and the top end gets 175/65 R14 Alloy – XZ, XZ(O) wheels and tyres.

SAFETY

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Tata Tigor Sedan features safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD & Corner Stability Control. It further also gets Seat belt with pretensioners & load limiters.

PRICING

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The Tata Tigor compact sedan is available in four grades It is available in four grades: XE, XT, XZ and XZ (O).

The prices for the Tigor petrol variant have been provided below:

Tata Tigor XEINR 4,70,000
Tata Tigor XTINR 5,41,000
Tata Tigor XZINR 5,90,000
Tata Tigor XZ (O)INR 6,19,000

The prices for the Tigor diesel variant have been provided below:
Tata Tigor XEINR 5,60,000
Tata Tigor XTINR 6,31,000
Tata Tigor XZINR 6,80,000
Tata Tigor XZ (O)INR 7,09,000

All the above prices are ex showroom DElhi based prices.

COMPETITOR

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire

1. Some basic things we Indians want in our cars

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the most popular and best-selling compact sedan in the Indian market. With its feature rich package and Maruti’s trusted reliability, this car will give the upcoming Tata compact sedan a tough competition. Swift petrol variant gets a 1.2 litre K-Series VVT engine, delivering 84.3 PS peak power at 6000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm. The diesel variant gets a 1.3 litre DDiS engine kicking out 75 PS peak power at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm peak torque at 2000 rpm. Both the petrol and diesel variants come equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, and the petrol unit gets an AMT as well. In a few days, Maruti Suzuki is about to launch a diesel AMT variant which will be first in the segment.

Read the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire review here

Hyundai Xcent

1. Hyundai Xcent

Although Tata Tigor will be a premium sedan as compared to the Hyundai Xcent, but don’t forget that Xcent is already an established compact sedan in the Indian market. This car comes powered by a 1.2 litre Kappa dual-VTVT petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox, churning out 83 PS peak power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variant gets a 1.1 litre U2 CRDi diesel engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission delivering 71 PS peak power at 4000 rpm and 160 Nm peak torque at 1500-2750 rpm. The pricing for Xcent starts from INR. 4.66 lakhs.

Read the Hyundai Xcent review here

Honda Amaze

1. Honda Amaze

Personally, I don’t feel Honda Amaze is not a good looking compact sedan, but this car will give Tata Tigor a tough competition for sure. The Amaze gets a 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine under the hood, which kicks out 88 PS peak power at 6000 rpm and 109 Nm peak torque at 4500 rpm. The diesel variant, on the other hand, comes in form of a 1.5 liter i-DTEC unit, generating 100 PS peak power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm peak torque at 1750 rpm.

Read the Honda Amaze review here

CONCLUSION

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The Tata Tigor styleback surely was able to impress the crowd with its styling and also with its features both inside as well as outside. The smoked projector headlamps, stylish alloy wheels, coupe-like roofline all contributes to the unique looks of this compact sedan. The interior too gets plenty of updates as well in the form of better legroom for the rear passengers, redesigned rear seats a new touchscreen infotainment screen and JBL speakers. The car uses the same drivetrains from the Tigor hatchback which might affect the performance a bit because the compact sedan is slightly heavier than the hatchback. What the owners will also miss is an AMT transmission as well which makes driving a lot more stress-free especially in bumper to bumper City traffic. But Tata might introduce the AMT at a later stage for sure with the Tigor.

UPDATES

Update 28.01.2016:- Tata Motors confirmed they will officially unveil the 2016 Tata Tiago based compact sedan (codenamed KITE 5) on 3rd February at 2016 Indian Auto Expo.

Update 11.02.2016:- Tata Motors showcased the Kite 5 compact sedan at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. We have updated the review with images, information and video from the Auto Expo 2016.