Tata Tigor EV – Bringing the Future a Step Closer?

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Let’s take a deep dive and study about the design, features and other key details of the Tata Tigor EV and know how good of an offering it is for the consumers.

The rapid growth of electric vehicles in the Indian car market is compelling manufacturers to shift their focus on churning out affordable EV options for their customers. Tata Motors have been wary of this aspect and have been doing just that. After the Tata Nexon, Tata Tigor EV is one such compact sedan that has been launched by Tata to capture the newly shifted trend towards EVs.

Tata Tigor EV

It is based on the fuel-powered version of the Tata Tigor. It has been doing wonders in the commercial sector and now, it is in the market for personal use as well. Tata Motors is constantly developing and improving its electric powertrain and it remains to be seen, whether it achieves the same amount of success in the non-commercial sector as well.

Exterior Design

Tata Tigor EV

Tata Tigor EV is based on the regular Tigor. The front of the car looks almost similar to the fuel-powered version with slight changes. It gets the signature EV grille up front, along with projector headlamps. It gets a new set of LED DRLs near the fog lamps which enhance the look a little. The bonnet is tapered towards the bumper and overall, the front looks fresh and stylish.

Tata Tigor EV

Not much has changed on the side profile of the vehicle. It is pretty much identical to the regular Tigor. There is a strong shoulder line that extends all the way to the rear. However, it misses out on alloy wheels which is a bit strange. Instead, it gets wheel covers on the 14-inch steel rims which are good design-wise but feel a bit cheap.

Tigor EV

Yet again, it is identical to the regular Tigor from the rear as well which is not a bad thing. The rear looks sort of sophisticated and sought after. There is a thick chrome bar that connects the taillights and the design of the taillights itself is fresh and striking. Overall, the Tata Tigor EV looks fresh and is basically based on the same design language as the regular version.

Interior and Features

On the inside, things are good as well and the design of the console is similar to the regular version. As expected, hard plastics are used all over the cabin but the quality of the materials feel satisfactory, considering the price range. Fit and finish quality could have been a bit better but it is negligible to other people who might travel in the car. There is a 7-inch Harman touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard and has the controls for the AC right below it. The seats on this car are fairly comfortable and supportive. There is height adjustment for the drivers’ seat and there is ample cushioning and under-thigh support to aid comfort on longer journeys. The instrument cluster is all digital and is a much-needed touch when moving towards the future. It houses all the information regarding tachometer, speedometer and multi-information display.

Tigor EV Interior

Tata Tigor EV gets sufficient features that are necessary in this day and age, which will put it right up there with the competition. The list includes automatic climate control, accessory power outlet, height-adjustable drivers’ seat, electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs, 7-inch touchscreen with 4 speakers and 4 tweeters by Harman and steering mounted controls. There are some connected car features paired with iRA namely remote cooling, remote diagnostics, charging status, intrusion alert, time to full charge and remote commands.  Overall, the Tigor EV is now a more complete car and people who are thinking of switching to an EV, might be enticed by the idea of buying the new Tigor EV as their first EV.

Performance and Ride Quality

Tata Tigor EV comes with 26 kWh lithium-ion battery which is placed under the front seats. This battery is good for making 55 kW and 170 nm of torque. The motor is silent which is the case with most EVs and feels powerful to keep up with the pace of city traffic. It is a big upgrade from the outgoing Tigor EV on the highway and does not feel underpowered anymore. There is a positive response from the throttle and everything feels refined.

It will take around 1 hour to fast charge it from 0-80% and 8.5 hours with a home charger when doing the same. The Tigor EV can also be charged from the 15 A plug point. The claimed range from the Tigor EV is around 300 kms on a single charge but in real world conditions, which is a considerable improvement. The steering response is positive as well and it is fun car to drive around corners. The steering response is sharp and it is light at lower speeds.

Tigor EV Rear

The rear seat on this vehicle is completely identical to the one on the regular Tigor. There is ample kneeroom and headroom and under-thigh support is sufficient as well. There is a center arm rest which is a nice touch but, the lack of AC vents is a miss and could have been included in the whole package. Moreover, it misses out on adjustable headrests as well. The cabin is not wide enough to seat three adults in comfort, it would be a squeeze. It is best suited for two adults and a child. Overall, the Tigor EV has been improved massively to cater to the needs of the personal consumers who are going to buy this car, so that they remain satisfied.

Safety

It scored a respectable 4-star rating in the Global NCAP test and is backed by the supreme build quality of Tata. The list includes ABS with EBD, dual airbags, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, child safety locks, front and side impact beams, rear parking sensors, anti-theft device, adjustable seats, hill ascent assist, hill descent assist and an IP67 rated battery to make it weatherproof.

Price

Here is the variant wise price list for the Tigor EV.

Variant Price (ex-showroom)
XE Plus Rs 11.99 Lakhs
XM Plus Rs 12.49 Lakhs
XZ Plus Rs 12.99 Lakhs
XZ Plus Dual-Tone Rs 13.14 Lakhs

Verdict

Tata Tigor EV is an affordable and value for money electric vehicle. It looks fresh and stylish and is a big improvement from the outgoing vehicle. Tigor EV is a good option for someone looking to step into the world of electric vehicles. It is a cost-efficient option and people now have a cheaper option to get a taste of the future. Anybody planning to buy an electric vehicle, should definitely check out the Tata Tigor EV.

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