Having first revealed the duo in concept form at the 2018 Auto Expo, Tata Motors has today pulled the covers off of the production-ready Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP ahead of their market launch on October 26.
Born out of Tata Motors’ partnership with Jayem Automotives Pvt Ltd (the JV is named JT Special Vehicles or JTSV), the performance-oriented Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP have been modified keeping three basic aspects in mind – enhancing engine output and performance, adopting a sportier design theme inside and out and providing a fun driving experience.
As such, the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP remain identical to their non-JTP siblings in terms of dimensions, but run a lowered ride height. Ground clearance for both cars is rated at 166mm, which is 4mm lower than the standard Tiago, and 4mm lower than the standard Tigor. Both run a completely reworked suspension and steering setup, and Tata promises the lowered ride height and wider tyres will make it handle much better than the standard Tiago.
As promised, the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol in the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP does indeed make more horses than the Nexon’s unit – if only marginally, at 114hp – while making 150Nm of torque. It’s mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and Tata claims the Tiago JTP is capable of doing the 0-100kph sprint in just 9.95 seconds while the Tigor JTP takes 10.38 seconds to reach that mark which makes the Tiago JTP over five seconds quicker to 100kph than the non-JTP model we’ve tested in the past. The duo also get multi-drive modes – Sport for performance, and City for efficiency.
On the outside, both feature a new front bumper with an enlarged grille, chrome-ringed projector headlights (as seen on the Tigor facelift), 15-inch diamond-cut alloys mounted on 185-section tyres. Side skirts and a rear spoiler are part of the package, as is a contrast roof, contrast ORVMs and JTP badging on the grille, fender vents and at the back.
The interiors are all-black, with red surrounds for the AC vents, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel features contrast stitching. The seats feature a red hexagonal motif stitched into them, and there’s double contrast stitching on the seats as well as the gearshift gaiter. Even the pedals are sporty aluminium examples. Additionally, both cars get a Harman 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and voice command recognition. Also standard are dual airbags and ABS with corner stability control.
We expect both JTP models to sport a Rs 1 lakh premium over the models. We’ll be driving the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP soon, so do check back for more!