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Tata Tigor sales decline by 90 percent – Facelift launch soon

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Tata Tigor sales have heavily declined in April in May 2019. Sales of the sub 4 meter sedan stood at 520 units in April 2019, while in May 2019 it declined to a new low of just 306 units, reveals Auto Punditz. Compared to sales registered in April and May months in 2018, this is a decline of 80% and 90% respectively.

The reason behind decline in sales is not clear. It is not that demand in the sub 4 meter segment has gone down. Maruti Dzire sales stood over 16,000 while that of Honda Amaze was at 6,000. It is possible that Tata has reduced production on purpose.

Tata started working on the facelift version of Tigor, Tiago and Nexon some time back. These are expected to be launched this year. Seeing the reduction in sales of Tigor, it is possible that the Tigor facelift is the first to get launched, of the three.

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In terms of design, both Tata Tiago and Tigor are expected to get a front which is inspired by Altroz. This will make the two cars look even more attractive. Side and rear are largely expected to continue with a similar design as of current. Under the hood, the facelifted variants will come with new BS6 petrol engine. Diesel engine will not be on offer with the facelift as Tata will not update their small 1.05 liter diesel engine to meet BS6.

New BS VI emission norms and the lack of demand for diesel variants will see that Tata Tiago and Tigor diesel variants being discontinued. Tata Motors has been noting low demand for both these variants. They are currently powered by a 1.05 liter, 3 cylinder diesel engine which does not meet BS VI standards while the company is of the opinion that low demand does not justify for the higher costs involved in developing a smaller capacity diesel engine which will comply with these new regulations.

Over 80 percent of demand in the Tata Tiago and Tigor segment is for petrol variants. The period April to January 2019 saw just a total of 1,114 units of the Tiago diesel and 6,606 units of the Tiago petrol variant sold. Likewise average monthly sales of the Tigor diesel were at 360 units as against 1,940 units of petrol variant sales.

Tata Tiago and Tigor share the same diesel engine. This 1.05 liter, 3 cylinder engine offering 69 bhp power at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm torque at 1,800-3,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The petrol variants get a 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder engine offering 84 bhp power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm torque at 3,500 rpm.

Tata Motors had also introduced performance version of the Tiago and Tigor called Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP which stands for Jayem Tata Performance and is a joint venture between Jayem Automotive and Tata Motors. These variants are powered by a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine offering 114 bhp power and 150 Nm torque.

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