Tata Motors has been relishing the warm welcome the introduction of the all-new Safari has been receiving. On the other hand, the Altroz has also been achieving its own success and selling quite well. However, it is the Tiago (the entry-level model) that has got enough prospective buyers walking into the showroom. The Tata Tiago was first unveiled back in 2016, with a facelift arriving four years later. Now, the Indian auto major has launched a new variant of the Tiago – named the XTA. Wearing a sticker price of Rs 5.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Tiago XTA is essentially the XT variant but with an automated manual transmission (AMT).
With the launch of the XTA variant, the Tata Tiago will continue to post better sales figures in the future. Priced at just under 6 lakh rupees, the XTA is the most affordable variant of the Tiago with an AMT. The AMT unit fitted to the Tiago is a 5-speed gearbox – the same found in some of Tata’s other models. This gearbox comes paired with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 85hp and 113Nm of torque. While the Tata Tiago is not exactly a brisk hatchback, the inclusion of the automated manual transmission in the lower-tier XT trim will be a blessing for many.
At the launch of the Tiago XTA was Vivek Srivatsa, Head Marketing, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors. He said,
“Fulfilling our brand promise of staying New Forever, we are constantly listening and gathering feedback from the market. The Tiago has received a tremendous market response from across regions. Furthermore, the automatic transmission (AT) segment in India is booming, and the same has been proven in the sales of Tiago as well. Acknowledging the increasing preference for ATs, we are excited to introduce the XTA version to the range and are confident that this new variant will not only give us a competitive edge in the mid-hatch segment but will also provide customers with accessible options to choose from at every price point.”
In India, the Tata Tiago XTA will compete against other AMT equivalent cars in the segment. This includes the likes of the Hyundai Santro, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and Maruti Suzuki WagonR. However, when compared to its rivals, the Tiago is the only one that has scored a 4-star crash-safety rating by Global NCAP. Such a peace restoring score is yet another reason why Tata has been getting such a response for the Tiago. Furthermore, the hatchback can also be had with a lot of standard features. Even the base XE trim gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and Corner Stability Control, seatbelts with pre-tensioners, and rear parking sensors. Higher variants also get front fog lamps, speed-sensitive door locks, a rear defogger, a manually-dimming rearview mirror, and a reversing camera.
As for its other equipment, the Tiago XTA scores a Harman infotainment system with four speakers, electrically-adjustable door mirrors, central locking, and a multifunction steering wheel. On the styling front, the Tata Tiago is a pretty stylish hatchback. Of course, the higher trim levels look cooler thanks to the added kit and more flashy design touches. However, no variant of the Tiago comes across as bargain-basement in their appearance. On a side note, the 14-inch wheels do look petite in comparison to the wheel wells they occupy. Finally, the interior of the Tata Tiago feels quite roomy and the seats do a decent job of offering comfort and support. Meanwhile, the quality of plastics isn’t the best in the segment, though Tata is getting better at putting their cars together these days.
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