Hatchback-compact sedan duos which are a very common concept in the country today, were, in fact, started by Tata Motors (remember the Indica-Indigo CS?). Now, the automaker is coming up with yet another compact sedan in its line-up, the Tata Tigor, which is touted to be the spiritual successor of the Indigo CS (the country’s first compact sedan) and will sit below the Zest in the company’s portfolio.
It is the sub-4m sedan avatar of the Tiago, which is doing really great for Tata Motors in terms of sales. In fact, the Tiago can be considered as the first successful attempt in its resurrection. Though the Tigor is based on the same proven formula, it is a relatively plusher product compared to the hatch. Here is what it offers extra over the Tiago.
The Tigor borrows its design cues from the Tiago and it is evident, especially through its front profile. However, things get different as we move towards the rear. Tata has done a good job in integrating a boot with the Tiago’s silhouette.
It undoubtedly features one of the best rear profiles among compact sedans in the country. There is a very steep rake in its roofline, which almost merges with the extremities of the boot, giving it a fastback-like design.
Though it shares its front profile with the Tiago, there are subtle changes. And that perhaps will justify its relatively higher expected asking price compared to the hatch. The Tigor gets the same grille design that is there on the Tiago, but its hexagonal detailing is more pronounced.
The headlamps look similar, however, the Tigor comes with dual-barrel smoked projector head lamps. The side profile is identical except the extended boot, but the petrol version of the Tigor gets bigger tyres and new alloys. Since the rear of both the cars are different, there’s no comparison over there as such!
Like the rest of the compact sedan-hatchback duos in India, the Tigor has larger footprints compared to the Tiago. It measures 3992mm in overall length, which is a whopping 246mm more the hatch (3746mm). Similarly, it is wider as well, by 30mm (1677mm), compared to the hatch (1647mm). Its overall height is nearly identical.
However, what really matters is the increased wheelbase of the Tigor as opposed to the Tiago’s, there’s almost 50mm increment, which will result in increased rear cabin space. Also, it offers 419 litres of boot space, which is 177 litres more than the Tiago’s (242 litres). The difference equates nearly to the boot size of the Honda Brio, so the Tigor offers boot space that is equal to that of the Tiago and the Brio!
Length: 3992mm (+246mm over the Tiago)
Width: 1677mm (+30mm over the Tiago)
Height: 1537mm (+2mm over the Tiago)
Wheelbase: 2450mm (+50mm over the Tiago)
Ground Clearance: 170mm
Boot Space: 419-litres (+177-litres over the Tiago)
The Tata Tigor specifications looks similar to the Tiago along with a few exclusive ones.. To start with, the Tigor gets bigger wheels – 175/60 R15 (only with its petrol motor), while the Tiago comes with a size lower – 175/65 R14 (similar to the Tigor diesel). While the alloy wheels of the Tigor diesel are similar to that of the Tiago, its petrol counterpart comes with diamond-cut wheels.
Unlike the Tiago, the Tigor gets LED tail lamps with graphics and a roof-mounted spoiler with an LED stop lamp spanning across the width. And as mentioned in the design section, the Tigor gets smoked dual-barrel projector headlamps, while the Tiago comes with multi-reflector halogen ones.
Though both the cars feature Tata’s ConnectNext Harman-powered infotainment system, the Tigor comes with a touch-based unit. It features a five-inch touchscreen with phone-based navigation (only Android OS) along with support for other apps, including the Tiago’s JukeBox app (lets you share music playlist with other passengers), and others.
However, an eight-speaker system is common between the two cars. Additionally, the Tigor also features an automatic climate control unit, rear hand rest with cup holders and an additional 12V charging socket, all of which are not offered with the Tiago.