Tata Motors is all geared up to take the piece of ever growing small car segment. With Tiago, the homegrown carmaker looks to change the fact that apart from Nano, there is no other small car from Indian auto mogul. Upon its launch, Tata Tiago will compete with the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat. So without wasting any time, let’s see how this new car from Tata Motors performs against its rivals.
There is no denying the fact that Tata Tiago looks decent with a hint of coolness. The bold new three dimensional Tata Motors ‘T’ logo on hexagonal honeycomb grill looks appealing. The front gets swept back headlamps, large fog lamps with bold chrome housing and chrome lining below the grill. The side profile features unique character lines which adds more to its appearance. The rear is also where designers didn’t turned a blind eye. It flaunts a sharp taillamp cluster, a spoiler with brakelight and large glass area. Overall, Tiago looks like fresh new cake baked by some of the best chefs in the industry.
When compared with its rivals, Tata Taigo is longest in the lot with length of 3746mm, followed by Chevy Beat at 3640mm, Maruti Celerio at 3600mm and Hyundai i10 at 3585mm. In terms of width, Tiago again takes the lead as it measures 1647mm followed by Celerio at 1600mm. Chevrolet Beat and i10 are the narrowest at 1595mm. On standing tall, this time Maruti Suzuki Celerio takes the crown as it measures 1560mm followed by i10 at 1550mm and Tiago at 1535mm. Here, we want to clarify that Chevrolet Beat measures 1520mm without roof rails and 1550mm with roof rails.
Coming to wheelbase, Celerio leads the way with 2425mm followed by Tiago at 2400mm, i10 at 2380mm and Beat at 2375mm. In terms of ground clearance, Beat with 175mm of clearance is ahead of Tiago with 170mm, while there is tie between i10 and Celerio at 165mm.
Engine and Gearbox:
With Tiago, Tata Motors took a clever and a well calculated step to introduce the car in both the fuel trims. We say this because at the time of Celerio’s launch in Auto Expo 2014, Maruti introduced its hatchback only in petrol fuel trim and diesel was introduced way latter. Hyundai is still figuring way to bring a diesel model of i10. But Tata Motors is coming all guns blazing with the Tiago and this is even evident from the fact that how brilliantly they turned all odds against them for changing the Zica name because of Zika virus attack.
So coming to the details, lets first look under the hood of Tiago. It is powered by 1.2-litre, 3 cylinder Revotron petrol engine which gives an output of 84bhp and peak torque of 113Nm. The engine is coupled with five-speed manual gearbox. AMT might be introduced later. In diesel models, Tiago uses 1.05-litre mill which is also three cylinder pot. It churns a power out of 69bhp and torque of 140Nm.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio is powered by 1.0-litre petrol engine, tuned to offer power of 67bhp and torque of 89Nm. Celerio diesel comes packed with 0.8-litre engine which delivers power of 47bhp and torque of 125Nm. The Hyundai i10 is only offered with 1.1-litre engine that pumps 68bhp and 99 Nm of spin. Coming to Chevy Beat, it is powered by 1.2-litre petrol unit and 1.0-litre diesel mill. The petrol model gives an output of 79bhp and spin of 106Nm while the diesel variant develops 58.5bhp and torque of 150Nm.
In terms of gearbox, all the cars comes with 5-speed manual transmission, except in the case of Maruti Suzuki Celerio which is also offered with an AMT in petrol variants.