2018 Tata Tiago JTP overview, check drive

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What’s it?
For much too lengthy, Tata Motors has teased performance-oriented ideas primarily based on its hatchbacks however has by no means adopted by by truly placing them on sale. Issues change with the Tiago JTP that is accomplished the journey from present flooring to showroom flooring. Alongwith the Tigor JTP, the Tiago JTP is the primary of the merchandise from JT Particular Veicles or JTSV – a joint enterprise between Tata Motors and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives that is huge within the enterprise of racing. The vehicles have been labored on by Jayem however manufacturing is on the identical line as the usual Tiago at Tata’s plant in Sanand. So, as Tata Motors executives level out, that is no temperemental skunkworks undertaking automotive. The Tiago JTPs are provided with the identical warranties and have the identical service intervals as the usual Tiago. That is the background story, over to the automotive.
 
In short, the Tiago JTP is a souped-up model of the Tiago we’re all conversant in. And by souped-up, we imply souped-up. Revised styling package deal apart, it is received a correct engine improve, reworked gear ratios and suspension mods. So there’s tons to speak about.
 
What’s it like on the skin?
The inventory Tiago is a good-looking hatchback however the JTP? It is a correct looker. The lowered trip peak (by 4mm), bigger 15-inch wheels and chunkier 185 part tyres alone give the JTP a squatter, sportier stance. There are many look-faster styling bits too. The entrance bumper is totally new and, with its exaggerated air dams, instantly identifies this because the spicier of the Tiagos. The grille will get a brand new honeycomb mesh and there is even a vent on the bonnet. Purists might be completely happy to know it isn’t there only for present however truly does the job of serving to dissipate warmth out from the engine compartment.
 
Fake vents simply aft the entrance wheel arches, neatly carried out facet skirts and the smooth diamond reduce alloy wheels add the proper quantity of flash to the edges, as do the distinction mirror casings; they’re purple on white vehicles and black on purple vehicles. Oh, purple and white are the one physique paint choices on the JTP, at least in the meanwhile. A restyled rear bumper with a fake diffuser does its bit on the rear whereas the twin pipe exhaust completes the JTP transformation. A tasteful transformation certainly. 
 
What’s it like on the within?
The JTP’s cabin is not vastly totally different to the usual Tiago’s however there are sufficient cool touches to offer it a novel vibe. There’s purple stitching on the seats and steering, purple surrounds for the air-con vents (it would not look kitsch) and there is even purple lining for the ground carpets. The purple particulars stand out nicely within the predominantly black tone of the cabin. 
 
The drilled pedals do not look fairly as convincing however you drivers will like how the leather-based wrapped steering is to carry. It is simply the correct amount of meaty. Nonetheless, extra sculpted entrance seats with higher facet bolstering would have been good too.
 
In each different manner, the JTP is equivalent to the usual Tiago. The dashboard is neatly laid out, rear seat room is sweet and there is an ample-sized boot as nicely. Simply want there was a bit extra by the use of in-cabin storage and likewise adjustable headrests on the rear. And whereas the 5-inch touchscreen is ok, it isn’t the most important, slickest or greatest outfitted at this time. Additionally, auto local weather management is not a part of the options checklist. Twin airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, steering-mounted audio controls and an eight speaker sound system are a part of the package deal, nevertheless.
 
What’s it prefer to drive?
That is the place issues get attention-grabbing. Let’s begin with what’s beneath the bonnet. Out goes the usual Tiago’s naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine and in comes an enhanced model of the Nexon’s turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine. Peak energy is a cool 114hp (up 29hp on the usual Tiago) whereas peak torque is 150Nm. Within the lesser of the 2 driving modes, particularly Metropolis, peak torque is restricted to 115Nm. The engine runs a revised consumption and exhaust system (which is why it makes extra energy than on the Nexon) and comes mated to the usual Tiago’s five-speed gearbox albeit with the ratios tweaked for brisker acceleration. So how does all of it come collectively?


Stick to Sport mode, hold revs above 2500rpm or so, and you may just like the JTP’s flip of tempo. It isn’t a rev-happy motor per se nor do you get a enormous surge of mid-range torque as you’d in an Abarth Punto however there’s nonetheless enjoyable available winding the Tata engine to it is modest 6000rpm limiter. Efficiency is heat hatch good (Tata claims a Zero-100kph time of 10 sec) and you may take pleasure in thrashing the engine for all it is price on a twisty highway. What additionally comes into play if you find yourself within the temper is the graceful shifting gearbox – it is gentle and has pretty nicely outlined gates. And the sound? The thrum from the three-cylinder engine truly helps the expertise right here and for those who hear carefully you possibly can even hear the turbo hissing away. Nonetheless, some extra quantity and a few extra depth to the sound would do wonders. We do hear murmurs of non-compulsory efficiency components for the JTP deliberate for the long run so a louder exhaust could be excessive up on our checklist of upgrades.

On the town and common driving situations, the JTP certain feels livelier than a typical Tiago. It is nonetheless not as peppy as a Maruti Suzuki Ok12 petrol engine and the engine does take some revs to get into its stride. Additionally, the ability supply tends to really feel jerky in low pace environments – one thing we observed on the petrol Nexon too – maybe owing to snappy fueling.
Engine aside, it is the JTP’s dynamics package deal that, nicely, makes it a JTP. The springs have been lowered, the dampers have been optimised however the greatest good points, say engineers concerned within the JTP’s improvement, have come from the tyres. The Tiago JTP will get bespoke 185/60 R15 tyres. The group at Jayem labored with tyre suppliers MRF and Apollo to search out the optimum compound that allowed a sporty really feel on the helm with out compromising consolation. And its a job nicely carried out. 

As is, the Tiago has a reasonably fluid steering however on the JTP there’s extra weight and really feel too, so what you get is a larger join with the automotive. There’s additionally much more grip from the tyres permitting you to push the JTP within the bends with way more abandon than you’d an everyday Tiago. And the brakes (entrance discs and rear drums) are sufficiently sturdy too. Certain, the JTP rolls and it’ll understeer on the restrict however there’s sufficient of the good things to qualify it as probably the greatest dealing with vehicles beneath Rs 10 lakh. Suffice to say, the JTP livened up our check route from Coimbatore as much as Ooty.

What’s good is that the added dynamism hasn’t come at the price of trip consolation. Low pace bump absorption is actually good and the automotive feels good and planted at cruising speeds.
 
Ought to I purchase one?
Tata has launched the Tiago JTP for Rs 6.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). That is an excellent Rs 1.2 lakh over the usual Tiago petrol’s XZ trim. However see what you get for the cash and likewise see the JTP in perspective of different sporty hatchbacks and it comes throughout as fairly the deal. 

The JTP is a automotive for lovers by lovers. It isn’t excellent however there is a sure character to the Tiago JTP that makes it very endearing. It is the form of automotive that you simply’d purchase since you like to drive. Tata Motors desires to ‘de-comodotise’ vehicles and automotive shopping for with the JTP and its succeeded to a big extent by bringing again emotion into the product and expertise.

All stated, for the eager driver on a finances, the Tiago JTP is among the greatest choices on the market. 
 

 

 

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