Tata Motors' new hatchback Tiago, which features the new Impact design language, is all set for launch in March. Ahead of that, the company has started production of the hatchback at its Sanand facility in Gujarat, which was previously reserved for production of the Nano hatchback.
The company has been producing the Tiago, earlier called the Zica, for the past two months from the Sanand Plant, and so far has 1,800 units of the hatchback, reports ET Auto. Ironically, some workers at the Sanand Plant have been on strike since Feb. 23 in protest against the suspension of 28 colleagues for various reasons.
The Tiago will be the first car from Tata Motors to feature the new Impact design philosophy, developed with inputs from Pune, the UK and Italy design studios. The Tiago will be powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine that will churn out 83.8bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine will produce 69bhp of power 4,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 1,800-3,000rpm. Both engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and the AMT gear option is expected to join the range later. Tata Tiago will gets multi-drive, such as ECO, City and Sport, like the company's Zest sedan and Bolt hatchback.
The Zica will rival Maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat in the country. Industry reports indicate an estimated price range of Rs 3.6 lakh to 5.66 lakh, ex-showroom.