- There might be no changes under the skin except for added features inside the cabin.
The Tata Tiago facelift was spied once again, undergoing test with rudimentary headlamps and a heavily cladded body. But it isn’t hard to distinguish the changes to the fascia, which is inspired by the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy which was also seen on the soon-to-be-launched Altroz premium hatchback.
For the starters, the headlight shape is sharper and edgier than the current model. The new headlight shape will be carried forward from the upcoming Altroz with the addition of projector units as well. The characteristic grille is raked as well, which adds a lot of sporty appeal to the little hatchback. The front bumper now bears a whole new design with larger air vents. And although it is cladded right now, there will also be a revised fog lamps design as a part of the update.
The rest of the test mule remains more or less unchanged. The rear bumper and tail lights from the older model have been retained as well as the stylish 15-inch alloy wheels offered on the top-spec XZ Plus trim. However, we expect the internals lighting signature of the taillights to be updated.
Inside the cabin, the Tiago will get a revised feature list with added equipment and safety hardware. The carmaker could strengthen the chassis of the new Tiago and apart from standard safety kits like ABS with EBD and dual front airbags other new features like front seat belts reminder and speed alert system will also be included. The updated Tiago will be compliant with the upcoming safety norms that come into effect from October 2019. What’s more, the cabin might also feature fabric upholstery, revised touchscreen system and more creature comfort.
Under the hood, things will remain unchanged. So the new Tiago will continue to be powered by the 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol motor that produces 84bhp and 114Nm. The diesel is the 1.05-litre Revotorq motor with 69bhp and 140Nm. Both the engines can be had with a five-speed manual gearbox or an AMT. However, according to reports, Tata Motors could discontinue the 1.05-litre diesel motor soon owing to the new BS-VI rules which will kick in from 1 April 2020.
The updated Tiago will take on the fight against the all-new Hyundai Santro and the new-gen Maruti Suzuki Wagon R apart from the Datsun Go. Prices are expected to be slightly higher than the model it replaces. Stay tuned to CarWale for more details on the new Tata Tiago.