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Over the past couple of years, Tata Motors has been on a roll with its electric vehicles. A market share of 89% and more than 45,000 EVs on the road are a testament to that statement. While a big chunk of those sales comes from the Nexon EV, the Tigor EV is gaining ground too. After the launch of the Tigor EV last year, everyone expected the Tiago EV to follow closely. However, Tata Motors has taken its time to launch the electric version of the hatchback. During this time, they've tried to make sure that the Tiago EV feels like an individual product in itself and not just another variant or the hatchback version of the Tigor EV. There are quite a few changes that differentiate the Tiago EV from the regular Tiago and the Tigor EV.

The Tiago EV is offered with two battery pack options - 1. 'Medium Range' with a 19.2 kWh battery and a claimed range of 250 km and 2. 'Long Range' with a 24 kWh battery and a claimed range of 315 km. The Medium Range Tiago EV gets a motor that puts out 60 BHP and 110 Nm, while the Long Range variant is powered by a motor producing 74 BHP and 114 Nm. Tata is prioritising the production of the 24kWh battery pack variants to match customer expectations at the time of delivery. There are 4 variants on offer - XE, XT, XZ+ and XZ+ Tech Lux with prices starting at Rs. 8.49 lakh (click here for the detailed price list). There are 5 colour options to choose from - Teal Blue, Daytona Grey, Tropical Mist, Pristine White and Midnight Plum.

You can download the 2022 Tata Tiago EV brochure here - 2022 Tiago EV Brochure.pdf

Exterior


Front end is identical to the Tigor EV except for the grille, which is blacked out:
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No design changes at the rear apart from the missing tailpipe:
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The Tiago EV measures 3,769 mm in length, 1,677 mm in width and 1,536 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,400 mm. The EV is 4 mm longer than the regular Tiago:
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Changes have been made to the suspension setup to integrate the battery and motor into the platform. While the exact ground clearance hasn't been revealed, it appears similar to the regular Tiago (170 mm):
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In profile, the 14-inch wheels look proportionate for the size of the car:
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Halogen projector headlamps are offered on the XZ+ and XZ+ Tech Lux variants of the Long Range variant:
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LED DRLs and foglamps are placed on the bumper. Fog lamps get blue accents around them:
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The '.EV' badge on the grille doesn't feel like it will age well. The 'EV' badge on the Tigor looked better (reference image):
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Sad to see that there's no underbody protection here. Being an EV, we would've expected Tata to make an exception and provide underbody protection, just for the additional peace of mind:
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Another '.EV' badge on the fender. Check out the extra metallic shimmer of this 'Teal Blue' paint shade. The shimmer looks excessive under the spotlight, but should be normal under sunlight:
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All door handles get nice piano black inserts:
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Roof-coloured ORVMs look good. These come with the auto-fold feature:
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No 15-inch alloys here like the regular Tiago. Instead, you get these 14-inch steel wheels with 'Hyperstyle' wheel covers and 175/65 section tyres:
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Drum brakes at the rear:
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Tata needs to tighten up on quality control. The rear door handle was misaligned on the display car:
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Contrast black roof is offered only on the top-end XZ+ Tech Lux variant:
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Tail-lamp cluster is the same as the regular Tiago:
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'TIAGO.EV' lettering has a different font compared to the regular Tiago. This one looks more classy. The placement of the reversing camera and boot release is just not ergonomic. You'll be brushing your hand against the camera while opening the hatch and the probability of it getting damaged in a collision is high:
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Look underneath and you will see the battery pack. The Tiago EV gets rear twist beam suspension with coil spring mounted on hydraulic shock absorbers:
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High-voltage cables should've been covered up properly. Leaving them exposed is a bit disconcerting:
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Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor puts out 74 BHP & 114 Nm of torque. In comparison, the Tigor EV puts out 170 Nm of torque:
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Cheap pipe leading to the washer fluid tank:
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This 7.2 kW AC fast charger will charge the car from 10-100% in 3.6 hours. You can also save Rs. 50,000 and go for a 3.3 kW AC charger that will take 6.4 hours for charging from 10% to 100%. You always have the cheapest and the best option of charging from a 15A wall socket which takes 8.7 hours (10-100%). While on the road, you have the option of a DC fast charger which takes 57 minutes (50kW) to charge from 10-80%:
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Battery pack gets the IP67 rating (water and dust-resistant). You also get 8 years / 1,60,000 km warranty for the battery and the motor. The standard warranty of the car is 3 years / 1,25,000 km. We suggest you definitely go for the maximum extended warranty option:
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Here's the car in the 'Tropical Mist' paint shade...
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...and the 'Midnight Plum' paint shade, which was introduced with the Tiago CNG:
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Interior


The interiors are largely similar to what you would get in a regular Tiago, the difference being the EV accents and related bits. Like the regular Tiago, you get a 7-inch Harman touchscreen head-unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity:
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Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel is great to hold. Buttons for the audio system, telephony and voice commands are placed on the left spoke, while those to operate the cruise control function are placed on the right spoke. Note that the leather wrapping and cruise control are currently offered only on the Tiago EV and not the Tigor EV. Also, you can honk only by pressing the area around the left and right spokes and not the center area where the Tata logo is:
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The Tiago EV gets auto wipers and auto headlamps! Great to see premium features trickling down to the budget segment. The only gripe here is that the stalks don't feel very premium and even the marking feels below average. In comparison, the new Maruti Celerio's stalks feel of better quality:
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Fully digital instrument cluster is similar to the Tigor EV, with a few changes. You have a battery level indicator on the right and above that, the display for the level of regeneration. The meter on the left is like an rpm counter in ICE engines. This one shows how much power is being used or regenerated. The screen in the middle displays the speed, charge level, transmission mode, range etc.:
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A/C vents get blue accents:
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White leatherette seats are exclusive to the Tiago EV. They will get soiled easily, but look great when clean:
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Nice attention to detail - the stitching is also in the electric blue colour:
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People with a big shoe size might find the pedals placed too close to each other. You get a well-sized dead pedal to rest your foot:
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The sensor for auto headlamps and wipers is placed behind the IRVM:
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Another QC issue - the roof upholstery wasn't tucked properly and the edge was sticking out. This is disappointing because IMO, Tata offers the best roof liner in the segment. Heck, the roof-liner quality is better than even the Kushaq! But if you don't package it well, you lose credibility:
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Tata is offering connected car features as standard in the Tiago EV. You get 45 connected car features like Remote A/C ON/OFF with temperature setting, geo-fencing, location tracking, vehicle health diagnostics, real-time charge status, driving style analytics and more. You also get smartwatch connectivity that is omitted only in the base XE variant:
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Another great feature introduced in the Tiago EV is adjustable regeneration, which is sorely missed in the Tigor EV. The two leftmost buttons are for adjusting the level of regeneration. There are 4 levels, with the lowest one having no regeneration at all, while the highest level can be used for one-pedal driving:
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You get the usual features such as fully automatic temperature control, a USB socket, a 12V charging socket and a storage area on the center console:
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The rotary gear shifter has 4 modes - R, N, D & S. We wish there was a "P" (park) mode that would lock the car in place. Here, you have to engage 'N' and pull the handbrake:
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Here's a look at the rear seats. You still don't get adjustable headrests for rear passengers:
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Boot space of 240 litres is 2 litres less than the regular Tiago. The charging cable does eat into the boot space though:
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Since the battery is mounted underneath the boot floor, there is no spare wheel on offer. You do get a puncture kit though. So, when on the highway, pray that you don't have a tyre blowout:
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So to sum up, main pros over the other major EVs in our market today -
  1. Price
  2. Adjustable regen levels
  3. Size and practicality
& main con(s) -
  1. Lack of spare tyre (boot space seems adequate for city use)
  2. Lack of ESC/ Traction Control/ Hill Start Assist
Congrats Tata! Even after weighing in all the pros & cons that come with buying a Tata vehicle like safety, features & ASS, I can't foresee any other company putting out a more sensible city EV product in the near future. This definitely has to succeed!

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I was under the impression that this gets the same drivetrain from the tigor. Any word on the performance with the reduced torque? Does smartwatch connectivity mean an app for our personal apple/android smartwatches or does TATA provide their own smartwatch that we are forced to use?
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Really appreciate Tata's efforts in EV segment.
Tata is upping the ante in the EV segment with every product launch.

At one point of time, MS was the trend setter in ICE segment for mass-segment cars.
Now it seems that Crown has to be with Tata in EV segment.


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This should be a game changer - size/ compact city friendly footprint, price, range, decent EV tech. Only watch out will be ASS and reliability.
Will test drive this whenever possible and this could be the next car home. Never thought will be considering an EV so soon and how.
TML is really moving the EV game with pricing in ICE territory!
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Since the battery is mounted underneath the boot floor, there is no spare wheel on offer. You do get a puncture kit though. So, when on the highway, pray that you don't have a tyre blowout:
Thanks @Omkar for the lovely preview.
Tiago EV price is killer, XE has quite a bit of kit, XT with the 24kw battery seems VFM.
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So to sum up, main pros over the other major EVs in our market today -
  1. Price
  2. Adjustable regen levels
  3. Size and practicality
& main con(s) -
  1. Lack of spare tyre (boot space seems adequate for city use)
Congrats Tata! Even after weighing in all the pros & cons that come with buying a Tata vehicle like safety, features & ASS, I can't foresee any other company putting out a more sensible city EV product in the near future. This definitely has to succeed!
There will be soon aftermarket juggard for the spare wheel.
Option 1. Spare wheel on boot door.
2. Roof carrier.
3. Dump it in the boot with a cover.

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Omkar, thanks for putting this thread together.

Just want to get some reactions to this idea.

The top variant of the Tigor comes at a 10% higher price than the top variant of Tiago.

The key differences that I could note:
(Tigor vs Tiago)
Battery 26 kWh vs 24 kWh ( about 8% higher)
PS 74 in both
Torque 170 Nm vs 114 Nm (50% higher) - this could help with drivability
Fitted spare tire vs none
Bootspace 306L vs maybe around 200L
Range 306 km vs 315 km
Fabric seats vs white leatherette (scary)

Assuming other bells n whistles to be comparable.

Can somebody comment on Tigor vs Tiago EV ? Why Tiago is looking far more exciting than Tigor to so many folks?

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Can somebody comment on Tigor vs Tiago EV ? Why Tiago is looking far more exciting than Tigor to so many folks?
Tigor EV misses out on adjustable regen and cruise control. Both of these are necessary for maximising driving range, and these are features Tata has been compelled to introduce based on real world customer feedback and demand. They make a big difference in actual day to day driving. Especially the adjustable regen.
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Can somebody comment on Tigor vs Tiago EV ? Why Tiago is looking far more exciting than Tigor to so many folks?
I can think of some reasons,
  • Starting price
  • High chance of better actual range due to less weight
  • small footprint = easy city driving
  • Nothing better on offer from Tigor apart from bigger boot space and bit higher torque. Which are not that important on a city drive.
  • Some features on offer like cruise control and auto lamps
  • People don't like Tigor, but love Tiago. Design makes all the difference I think.
  • Price again, top-end costs less than Tigor's top-end.
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Just want to get some reactions to this idea.

The top variant of the Tigor comes at a 10% higher price than the top variant of Tiago.

The key differences that I could note:
(Tigor vs Tiago)
Battery 26 kWh vs 24 kWh ( about 8% higher)
PS 74 in both
Torque 170 Nm vs 114 Nm (50% higher) - this could help with drivability
Fitted spare tire vs none
Bootspace 306L vs maybe around 200L
Range 306 km vs 315 km
Fabric seats vs white leatherette (scary)

Assuming other bells n whistles to be comparable.

Can somebody comment on Tigor vs Tiago EV ? Why Tiago is looking far more exciting than Tigor to so many folks?
There are a few points that need to be considered here:
1. These are introductory prices. Few months later, it'll increase. An attractive price tag is great to get people excited about the product.
2. There will likely be a newer version of the Tigor EV soon. More range, more features to recreate that gap between the hatchback and the compact sedan. (related news)
3. Since Tata currently has the monopoly amongst the affordable EVs, they're continuously getting feedback from the customers and it definitely feels like they've heard the customers over the past year or so and made changes accordingly in the Tiago EV. Focus on price, features and range.
4. The Tigor EV's 170 Nm torque doesn't feel very snappy like you would expect in EVs (It's sedate). Maybe the feedback was that most customers weren't using the car to do acceleration runs. This is probably why Tata brought down the torque on the Tiago to get some more range.
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Tigor EV misses out on adjustable regen and cruise control. Both of these are necessary for maximising driving range, and these are features Tata has been compelled to introduce based on real world customer feedback and demand. They make a big difference in actual day to day driving. Especially the adjustable regen.
Why can we not expect Tata to add these via software update in near future like they did for Nexon? We are already hearing some buzz around that. Is there any limitation in Tigor for these features to be added via software update?
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When Tata Motors rebranded the Nexon EV as the Nexon EV Prime, they added a few new features to it too. Now, existing Nexon EV owners can access these new features through a software update. These new features include cruise control and multi-regen modes.
https://www.v3cars.com/news/tata-nex...oftware-update
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Omkar, thanks for putting this thread together.


Can somebody comment on Tigor vs Tiago EV ? Why Tiago is looking far more exciting than Tigor to so many folks?
It is not a 10 % price increase though. Most states have a different tax structure for ex-showroom prices higher than 10L. In Kerala, the cheapest Tigor EV costs 13.6 L, and Tiago EV costs 9.4L. So the difference is much higher. At that price difference, it is a straight forward choice. For states with different tax structure for EVs, this additional cost will be less.


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Why can we not expect Tata to add these via software update in near future like they did for Nexon? We are already hearing some buzz around that. Is there any limitation in Tigor for these features to be added via software update?
I would not worry about the additional features. Since they are software features, I am sure, they will come to Tigor as well just like the Nexon Prime update.

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It is not a 10 % price increase though. Most states have a different tax structure for ex-showroom prices higher than 10L. In Kerala, the cheapest Tigor EV costs 13.6 L, and Tiago EV costs 9.4L. So the difference is much higher. At that price difference, it is a straight forward choice. For states with different tax structure for EVs, this additional cost will be less.
I agree about the state wise price tax implication and the 10L cutover, but my specific reference was at the top variant, both of which are above 10L. But, sorry for the confusion, my reference was 11.79L Tiago vs 13.64L. And sorry, I just calculated and this turns out to be 15%.

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4. The Tigor EV's 170 Nm torque doesn't feel very snappy like you would expect in EVs (It's sedate). Maybe the feedback was that most customers weren't using the car to do acceleration runs. This is probably why Tata brought down the torque on the Tiago to get some more range.
If 170 Nm doesn't feel snappy, I am surmising how 115 Nm would feel. While this could work out in the city, but my hunch is this might become quite a challenge during highway overtaking, given the nature of the EV motor torque curve that diminishes very fast at higher speeds. I am hopeful, that you would be doing the media drive, so please keep this question at the back of your mind for your review.

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