Formerly known as the Zica, Tata was hopeful of launching this new hatch at the Auto Expo, but had to shelve its plans at the eleventh hour. Understandably so: which carmaker would have wanted its car to be associated with the deadly Zika virus?
Although every minute detail about the Zica, er, Tiago, is out in the open, here’s a quick recap. It has two brand-new three-cylinder engine options: a second-generation Revotron 1.2-litre motor with 84bhp and 114Nm, while the 1.05-litre diesel (Revotorq) is good for 69bhp and 140Nm. Both versions get a five-speed manual transmission, and Tata has confirmed an AMT isn’t on the cards… for now.
This new car will slot between the Nano and the Bolt and will have the Ford Figo and Hyundai Grand i10 in its sight. Tata has hinted at a price range that will start from under Rs 4 lakh, going up to Rs 5.5 lakh for the range-topper with all the bells and whistles.
Like it or hate it, you can’t really point a finger at Tata for calling its car ‘Tiago’, as discovering a new name for the Zica was part of its global ‘Fantastico Name Hunt Campaign’, which saw ‘Tiago’ score more votes than ‘Adore’ and ‘Civet’, the other two names in this race.