JT Special Vehicles (JTSV) is a joint venture between Tata Motors and Jayem Automotive. JTSV will be giving us two hot products in the form of Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. The go-faster version of the duo will be the first of its kind of an Indian carmaker. We have seen the Tigor in our picture gallery, and you can read all about it over here. Now let us take a look at the Indian-bred hot hatch – the Tiago JTP.
Compared to the Tigor JTP, the Tiago JTP looks stunning in the red hue and the sportier stance. Like a proper hot hatch.
The extended front bumper makes the JTP Tiago look a lot more imposing than the standard car. It gets the same large trapezoidal lower grille done in black.
There is an air scoop on the bonnet which looks catchy and there is also a vent on the front fender with JTP logo on it.
The smoked headlamps get dual-chamber projector units which you don’t get in the standard car.
A similar wheel design has been seen on both the JTPs - a 15-inch diamond cut dual tone 6.5J lightweight alloy wheels - and it suits the sportier stance of the Tiago more.
At the rear, the taillamps are more or less the same as seen on the standard car. But the most prominent change is on the bumpers.
The rear bumpers get black diffusers with a reflector unit in the middle. The twin barrel exhaust sticks out from a nicely integrated diffuser design.
Tata has also provided a roof spoiler to add to the drama. While the rest of the rear remains unchanged. The blacked-out roof is complemented by contrasting ORVMs.
The glossy black treatment and a host of JTP badges remind you that this is not your average entry-level hatchback.
On the inside, the cabin gets the same sporty theme which is accentuated by red accents on AC vents and contrasting red stitching all around.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel gets a red contrast stitch while the black fabric seat upholstery has a red hexagonal motif.
The aluminium pedals add to the sporty intention of the Tiago JTP. There are special JTP floor mats while the JTP logo is also seen in the instrument cluster.
Just like the modern crop of Tatas, the JTP model too gets the eight-speaker Harman music system with the ConnectNext infotainment system.
Powering the Tiago JTP is the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged Revotron petrol engine from the Nexon. It produces 112bhp and 150Nm.
The intake and exhaust system are specially tuned, enabling the car to hit 100kmph from standstill in just 10 seconds.
The five-speed manual transmission also has an optimised gear ratio for improved acceleration and performance in the two drive modes - Sport and City.
The steering gets an active return for improved control, while the lowered ride height and the wider tyre will provide better grip. We expect the price tag for the Tiago JTP to be at least a lakh and a half more than the top-spec standard car.
The Tiago JTP will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Polo GT, Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS, and Ford Figo Sport in the Indian hot hatch segment. Interestingly, the Tiago JTP makes more power than all of these potent hatchbacks.