The Tiago took Tata Motors’ renaissance, which started with the introduction of the Zest and the Bolt, to a step ahead. Now, the automaker has apparently planned to introduce the performance version of the Tiago. This will mark Tata Motors’ foray into the performance hatchback segment. Tata was supposed to launch the go-fast version of the Bolt, which was showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and this year’s Delhi Auto Expo, but plans for a production model seem to have been shelved. Instead, Tata is likely to launch a performance-spec Tiago, which could be named ‘Tiago Plus’.
Sources have revealed that the performance-spec Tiago could be launched as early as this November, though there is no official word from Tata Motors as yet. Speaking of the engine in the Tiago ‘Plus’, the home-grown manufacturer could either swap the Bolt Sport’s motor, which produces 120PS, or employ a turbocharged version of the three-cylinder ‘Revotron’ petrol engine currently used in the Tiago. In its current state of tune, the engine produces 85PS of power and 114Nm of torque in the stock Tiago.
So why did the automaker choose the Tiago over the Bolt, though the former sits a segment below the latter? In all probability, it is because the Bolt hasn’t garnered great sales figures and the response was poor ever since it was introduced in the market. Introducing a high-performance version of the car didn’t make a lot of sense. The Bolt presently averages less than 1,000 sales a month, while the Tiago has been well-received with monthly sales of around 3,000 units. It seems as if the automaker wants to cash in on the Tiago’s ongoing success by adding another version of the model to its fleet. Additionally, the performance hatch could undercut the likes of the Baleno RS and the Abarth Punto.