Tata Motors will be launching their first serious performance focused variant - Tiago JTP by next month. The car, according to various reports, will come with the Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbocharged engine in a higher state of power than the Nexon’s 110 hp.
The Tiago JTP was initially showcased at the Indian Auto Expo in 2018. The car is a brainchild of the joint venture between Tata Motors and Jayem Automotive based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Jayem has its roots tied to motorsports with expertise in performance car developments in the past like the Super Nano. J.A. Motorsports is also part of Jayem Automotive which is India’s largest motorsport company, who is also behind one of the fastest single-make series- MRF F2000 in Asia. The 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine supposedly makes 110 PS at 5,000 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 2,000-4,000 rpm but when asked if the engine will offer more power than in the Tata Nexon, Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit at Tata Motors said: “Absolutely”. The car will see a host of changes that will help to transform its character from an average run-of-the-mill hatchback to a performance-oriented hot-hatch. The suspension will be stiffened and lowered for better dynamics. The intake and exhaust will see changes which are also insinuated by the dual exhaust tips. Tata Motors will also tinker with the gear ratios on the standard 5-speed manual gearbox for improved acceleration.
On the Outside, the car will sport an aggressive front bumper with bigger air dams, the hood and the fenders will also feature air vents. The air vent on the hood from the spy shots and unveil images looks tastefully integrated. The headlamps will feature a dark smoked look with the rear bumper also sporting a large air dam with JTP branding on the boot. A much better-looking diamond cut 15” alloy wheels will finish the exterior outlook of the car. The interior layout and design remain the same while the car will use the same 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as seen on the Tiago NRG along with an eight-speaker sound system from Harman. The JTP’s interior will feature an all-black theme with leather seats and contrast red stitching to uplift the sporty vibe.
The specifications of the Tiago JTP shout a potential driver focused and dynamically sorted variant with no pretentious underlying themes or is a mere cosmetic job like seen before in India. If launched with a good pricing of supposed Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom), which is a lakh more than the standard Tiago, the Tiago JTP will definitely be special and something to look forward to all the budget enthusiasts in India. Budget driver’s cars have never seen strong sales numbers in India but with the Tiago JTP, we believe it’s going to change.