Tata Tiago AMT, the long-awaited automatic version of the popular hatchback has finally gone on sale in India priced at ₹ 5.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Tata Motors, which calls it the EasyShift AMT, is offering the automated manual transmission unit only with the XZA trim and the gearbox has been sourced Magneti Marelli. In fact, it is the same AMT unit that does duty on the Tata Zest and the Tata Nano AMT and the car is now available in all Tata showrooms across India.
The AMT unit comes paired to the 1.2 litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol motor tuned to produce 84 bhp at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. Tata has announced no changes to the motor for the AMT unit. The company is yet to announce the launch timeline for the Tiago diesel AMT.
The Tata Tiago Easy Shift AMT is equipped with four gear positions - Automatic, Neutral, Reverse and Manual. It also gets two driving modes - Sports and City - like the manual version. The manual version on the AMT allows the driver to shift gears faster. The Tiago AMT also comes with an in-built creep feature, which allows the car to crawl as soon as the foot has been eased off the brake pedal, without having to press the accelerator. The function comes in handy on hill climbs when it starts from an inclined position.
Speaking on the new AMT version of the Tiago, Tata Motors - President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Mayank Pareek said, "In line with our commitment of launching products that cater to the need of the ever-evolving customer, we are happy to launch the Tiago AMT today. We are confident that it will further expand the market for us."
Almost a year since the Tata Tiago officially entered the Indian market, the model has been one of the most significant turnaround products for the company. The model has worked as a catalyist in terms of volumes averaging well over 4000 units every month over the past year. The Tiago has also helped Tata Motors become the fourth largest carmaker in the country.
Speaking further, Pareek said "Since its launch in 2016, the Tiago - our first product to be launched under the Impact design language; stood out as an attractive, innovative and feature loaded car. It is the most awarded car of the year with over 13 awards and counting. Besides, due to the continued good response to the Tiago we are witnessing a month-on-month growth in the immensely competitive hatchback segment. The Tiago has been instrumental in the growth of Tata Motors' brand across the PV market."
The Tata Tiago AMT primarily competes with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT with the latter carrying a cheaper price tag of ₹ 4.51 lakh. In addition, the Tiago AMT also locks horns with the newly launched 2017 Hyundai Grand i10 automatic priced at ₹ 5.99 lakh, Maruti Suzuki Ignis AMT priced at ₹ 5.74 lakh and the Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT priced at ₹ 3.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).