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Tata Motors launch improved version of Tiago

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Tata Motors has launched the XTA variant of the Tiago in India with prices starting at Rs 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The XTA is equipped with an AMT unit and is priced Rs 50,000 more than the XT manual trim. With the addition of the new variant, the Tiago is now available in four automatic transmission variants – XTA, XZA, XZA+, and XZA+ dual tone.

The XTA is essentially based on the XT trim and gets exterior highlights such as body-coloured ORVMs with turn indicators, body-coloured bumpers and door handles, and boomerang-shaped tail lamps. The cabin is equipped with an infotainment system by Harman, four speakers, front and rear power windows, central locking, and door pockets with bottle holders.

Mechanically, the Tiago XTA remains unchanged with a 1.2-litre petrol engine developing 84bhp and 113Nm of torque paired with a five-speed AMT gearbox. The rivals to the AMT include the Maruti Suzuki, WagonR, Hyundai Santro, and Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Tata recently launched the Limited Edition of the Tiago which is also based on the XT trim.

Commenting on the introduction of this new variant, Vivek Srivatsa, Head Marketing, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors said, “Fulfilling our brand promise of staying New Forever, we are constantly listening and gathering feedback from the market. The Tiago has received tremendous market response from across regions. Furthermore, the automatic transmission (AT) segment in India is booming and the same has been proven in the sales of Tiago as well. Acknowledging the increasing preference for ATs we are excited to introduce the XTA version to the range and are confident that this new variant will not only give us a competitive edge in the mid-hatch segment but will also provide customers with accessible options to choose from at every price point

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Maruti Suzuki five seater to be launched in India soon

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The Jimny has been around long enough in global markets for it to be time for a mid-life nip and tuck, but more importantly this also means that the 5-door Jimny is one step closer to making it to reality. The 5-door Jimny, introduced to India as the Sierra at the 2020 Auto Expo is ear-marked for India. Recent spy-shots reveal a few more details of the India bound SUV.

Like the Jimny Sierra, the 5-door version of the Jimny will be about 300mm longer than the 3-door both in terms of wheelbase and length. The Jimny 5-door will measure in at 3,850mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,730mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,550mm. Like the 3-door the Jimny 5-door will have a ground clearance of 210mm and weigh in a 1190kg, 100 more than the 3-door. In the India perspective, this means that the Jimny will come in under the 4-meter mark, although the 1.5 liter petrol motor in the Jimny is likely to negate the benefit of its overall length in terms of taxation.

In global markets the K15B 1.5 litre petrol is rated for 102bhp, although it will be interesting to see if Maruti Suzuki opt for the mild-hybrid powertrain that usually accomanies this motor in India. At present Maruti Suzuki uses this motor with the smart hybrid system in the Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross, the Ciaz as well as the Ertiga. It is likely that the Jimny 5-door will use the same 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter that we’ve seen on all the above cars.

Now it is likely that the 5-door Jimny will debut alongside the 3-door Jimny facelift globally with similar cosmetic tweaks. India has already been manufacturing the Jimny 3-door for export markets for some time now, and now we can confirm that the 5-door has been earmarked for a launch in India shortly after the global launch, either by the end of 2021 or early next year.

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