The updated versions of Tata Tiago and Tigor have started testing on public roads. The duo has been playing an important role in turning around the automaker’s domestic sales, so the updates are high on the company’s priority list.
Here is a speculative rendering of the 2020 Tata Tiago based on the recent spyshots. It will be based on the new ALFA platform. The front fascia would be receiving significant revision to align with the brand’s latest Impact Design 2.0 philosophy. The changes would be inspired by the Altroz premium hatchback. We expect sharper nose with slightly revised headlamps, new grille, and new bumper with restyled foglights.
Changes to the profile would be limited to new alloy wheel patterns while the rear fascia is expected to receive revised bumper and smoked tailights. The interior is likely to receive new color themes, upholstery, improved storage solutions and additional equipment. The top-end version is expected to receive an updated Harman touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Given that there are significant regulatory changes around the corner including crash test and BS-VI emission norms, the updates for the Tiago and Tigor will not be just be cosmetic nip and tucks. The powertrain lineup will certainly be receiving heavy tweaks to comply with the new emission norms. It is to be noted that India is going to jump directly to BS-VI from BS-IV standards, and this means comprehensive (read cost intensive) upgrades to the powertrains.
Tata may discontinue the 1.05-liter diesel motor since upgrading it to BS-VI standards would be a very expensive exercise, and it does not make business sense since diesel variants contribute to only around 20% of Tiago’s sales. The 1.2-liter Revotron petrol engine which has 85 PS and 114 NM of torque on tap would be retained.
The Tiago has fared reasonably well in real-world crashes but Tata’s engineers are expected to reinforce the structure in a bid to achieve best-in-class crash safety test score. The 2020 Tata Tiago will come with standard safety features like dual airbags, ABS, EBD, seat belt reminder, speed alert system, and rear parking sensors. The updated Tiago and Tigor are expected to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. Expect a noticeable hike in the prices.