Tata Motors is all set to introduce a cross hatchback based on the Tiago, the Tiago NRG. Pictures and details of the new car have been leaked ahead of its launch, which is said to be on the 12th of September. The Tata Tiago NRG, like other cross hatchbacks in India, such as the Maruti Celerio X, the Ford and the Hyundai i20 Active, gets a butch styling makeover. It’s likely to be the cheapest cross hatchback in India, undercutting the Maruti Celerio X – its primary rival. The Maruti Celerio X starts from Rs. 4.63 lakhs, and the Tata Tiago NRG is expected to start from around Rs. 4.2 lakhs.
Changes on the car include a black body kit, which gets dual-tone bumpers, faux scuff plates, side skirts and black cladding around the wheel arches. Other blacked-out bits on the Tata Tiago NRG include the front grille, wing mirrors, roof, roof rails and B-Pillar.
Some more blacked-out bits include the thick black trim running on the tail gate, smoked projector headlamps and dual-tone (silver and black) four-spoke alloy wheels. Talking of functional changes, the Tata Tiago NRG gets a 180-mm ground clearance, which is 10 mm more than that on the regular variant.
The interiors of the new car remain more or less similar to the Tiago, save for the orange and silver inserts. Features on the interiors, including the 8-speaker Harman stereo, have also been carried over from the hatchback version. As for dimensions, the Tata Tiago NRG is identical to the stock Tiago hatchback, and measures 3793 mm in length, 1,665 mm in width, 1,587 mm in height and 2,400 mm in wheelbase.
The Tiago NRG also shares its engines and manual gearboxes with the Tiago. There won’t be an AMT option though. The petrol engine is a 1.4-litre unit with 84 Bhp-115 Nm outputs while the diesel engine is a 1.1-litre, turbocharged unit, outputting 69 Bhp-140 Nm. 5-speed manual gearboxes are standard with this engine.