The Tata Tiago has been on sale in India since 2016, albeit with minor changes coming over the years in the form of more features, a cross-hatch version called the Tiago NRG and a performance-focused Tiago JTP. A comprehensive update for the popular hatchback – which has been in the works for a while now with spy shots having surfaced online – and the Tiago NRG is expected to finally launch in mid-June.
Exterior changes to both models will see them look more like the production-spec Tata Altroz, which will come to India later in 2019. The front-end of the Tiago and Tiago NRG facelifts are expected to get add-ons like LED daytime running lights on higher-spec variants and a more aggressive-looking grille. Higher-spec variants will get the 15-inch alloy wheels that are offered on the current top-spec Tiago XZ+.
While Tata did introduce the larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the Tiago, this same Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible system will be added to the Tiago NRG too. Other updates to the refreshed model’s cabins are expected to include new trim colours and upholstery for the seats and side panels.
The Tiago will also get added safety kit across all variants like rear parking sensors, a driver’s side airbag, ABS and a speed warning system as standard. Both cars will also be compliant with crash test norms that will come into effect in July 2019.
The Tiago and Tiago NRG will continue to be powered by the same 85hp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Although we had reported that Tata has plans to axe its 70hp, 1.05-litre diesel motor, it won’t happen until closer to April 1, 2020, when BS6 norms kick in. Hence, the diesel will continue in BS4 form until it is discontinued.
The same updates are expected to roll out on Tata’s Tigor and the hotter versions of the Tiago and the compact sedan – which are suffixed with the JTP badge – in the coming months; likely during the upcoming festive season.
Expect prices for the new Tiago and Tiago NRG to rise slightly due to the changes. However, the Tatas is still expected to undercut rivals in their respective segments – the Tiago goes head-to-head with the Hyundai Santro and Maruti Suzuki Wagon R while the Tiago NRG competes with the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT.