Tata Tiago is the entry-level car in the Tata lineup and they have decided to bring back the Tiago NRG which is bound to launch on August 4th. It is offered as a crossover based on the Tata Tiago between 2018 and 2020. The automaker describes it as a ”tough and sporty avatar of something which is seriously fun”. 

The Tata Tiago has been doing badly in terms of sales. In the list of top 10 most sold hatchbacks in June 2021, Tiago takes the 9th spot with Maruti Wagon R on the top. With the launch of Tiago NRG, Tata hopes on grabbing more customers and improving their sales. 

What sets aside the NRG from the Tiago? 

Tiago NRG gets a fair bit of new kits over the standard model. It comes with a new sharper grille and headlights, revised bumpers and new 14-inch alloy wheels. Apart from this, it gets body cladding on the lower section and the tailgate, it also gets roof rails and a beefier bumper at the rear with faux skid plates. 

To get that crossover kind of stance the designers have improved its ground clearance. It now gets 200-205mm of ground clearance over 170mm in the standard version. 

Inside the cabin, the Tiago NRG will receive minor tweaks. It will get an all-black interior with orange accents on a few parts like the gearbox housing, centre console, seats and AC vents. 

The hatchback will be sold only as a fully loaded trim that packs all the features offered in the standard version. This goes like this: a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, Harman Sound System, steering mounted controls, automatic climate control, ABS, rear parking sensors and more. 

Coming to the power unit, it will carry forward the same engine offered in the standard version. The 1.2L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor which produces 86 horses and 113Nm of torque. This mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed AMT. 

Pricing and competition 

The Tata Tiago had only one direct rival, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X which was discontinued. But it will compete against the Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Datsun Go and the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. The Tiago is priced between Rs. 4.99 lakh and Rs. 6.95 lakh ex-showroom. We expect the Tiago NRG to be priced 20,000-30,000 rupees more than the XZ+ trim.  

Tata is also working on a CNG version of the Tiago which has been spotted and tested several times. This could be a good move from Tata to introduce a CNG variant of the hatchback with rising fuel prices across the country. 

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