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Tata Motors had showcased the sportier version of the Tigor and the Tiago at Auto Expo 2018. Called the Tigor JTP and Tiago JTP, the vehicles have been developed in association with Jayem Automotives, a Coimbatore-based company. As per Zigwheels, the Tata Tigor JTP launch has been scheduled at the end of 2018.
After several years of collaboration, Tata Motors and Jayem Automotive announced the JTP (Jayem Tata Performance) sub-brand in 2017. The first product from the association is the Tiago JTP and the Tigor JTP. The JTP badged Tata cars are the sportier version of the regular model with enhanced performance and few cosmetic changes to set it apart from the standard model.
Visually, the Tata Tigor JTP features a massive air dam and fog lamp housing along with red contrasting detailing. The bonnet and the fenders feature air vents with JTP lettering, while other features include smoked projector headlamps, side body skirts, and a rear diffuser complimenting the overall styling of the Tigor JTP.
The wheel size continues to be 15-inch; however, the diamond cut alloy makes it stand apart from the regular model of the Tigor and the Tiago. The Tiago JTP features disc brakes on the front and drum brakes at the rear.
Inside the cabin, the Tiago JTP gets all-black theme interiors, rich leather finish to the seats and steering wheel along with aluminium pedals. Tata Motors has upgraded the infotainment system to a touchscreen unit which comes connected to an eight-speaker system from Harman.
As for the performance, the Tata Tigor JTP employs the 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine which it shares from the Nexon SUV, while the intake and exhaust system are tuned for performance. The turbo petrol unit produces 109bhp and 150Nm of torque. The Tigor regular model employs the same 1.2-litre petrol engine; however, it develops 84bhp and 114Nm of torque, making the Tigor JTP version a lot more powerful.
Tata Motors has reportedly optimised the gear ratios of the 5-speed manual gearbox of both the Tigor JTP and the Tiago JTP. Tata has also tweaked the suspension setup featuring lower springs, and reduction in height.
DriveSpark Thoughts About Tata Tigor JTP Launch
Tata Motors has not shied away from introducing performance versions of their regular model. Some of the sportier version of Tata cars include the Indica Sport, which was unveiled in 2002, the Vista S in 2012, while the Bolt Sport was revealed in 2016. The Tata Tigor JTP seems a promising product which will appeal to auto enthusiasts who like a performance oriented car.