Tata Motors has started testing the Tiago JTP, the performance version of its popular Tiago hatchback. The Tiago JTP and its compact sedan sibling, the Tigor JTP, made their public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo, with the cars lined up for launch this year.
JTPs have been developed by Tata Motors in partnership with Coimbatore’s Jayem Auto, which explains the ‘JTP’ suffix.
The Tiago JTP will be powered by the Nexon’s 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, with enhancements to the intake and exhaust systems for improved performance. Its power and torque figures of 110hp and 150Nm are significantly higher than the standard Tiago petrol (85hp, 114Nm), and while the gearbox will remain a five-speed unit, the ratios will be optimised for better acceleration. Lowered springs and larger 15-inch rims are also part of the transformation and promise to give the JTPs keener handling.
Lower ride height aside, the performance versions will get plenty of visual modifications to make them stand out. They will get more aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, sporty side skirts and even a faux rear diffuser. Projector headlamps with smoked detailing form a part of the package. An all-black theme with leather finish on seats and steering wheels, coupled with red contrast stitching, will lend a look of sportiness to the cabin; aluminium pedals will also be doing their bit for the ambience. The Tigor JTP gets a touchscreen infotainment system with an eight-speaker audio setup as well.
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