Tata Tiago EV launching in India tomorrow: 5 things we know about India’s first mainstream EV hatchback

Tata Tiago EV could be the most affordable mainstream EV in India.

Tata Motors is all set to add what is anticipated to be India’s affordable EV in its portfolio on September 28th, and it’s none other than the Tata Tiago EV hatchback. The electric powertrain in the full-size hatchback segment is a unique proposition and Tata Motors could very well have the cheapest mainstream electric vehicle in India. Tata Motors has also confirmed some goodies that the Tiago EV is slated to get. 

We round up everything we know so far about the upcoming Tata Tiago EV price, specifications, design, features and more.

5 things we know about the Tata Tiago EV

The Tata Tiago EV hatchback will be launched on September 28th in India and it has gained some much-deserved traction on the internet in the recent past. The new electric hatchback is likely to be introduced at a price point that makes it accessible to a larger chunk of buyers. Let’s take a look at what it could offer:

1. Multi-level Regenerative Braking Modes

Tata Motors has confirmed that the upcoming Tata Tiago EV hatchback will get selectable multi-level regenerative braking modes. This feature lets the user control the level of regenerative braking which results in different decelerations. This could help users extract more range, especially in city driving conditions and will also enable the added convenience of one-pedal driving. 

This feature was recently introduced with the Tata Nexon EV MAX and has already trickled down to the Tata Nexon EV Prime. Tata could also introduce the feature to its Tata Tigor EV sedan soon. 

2. Sports Mode and Cruise Control

The Tata Tiago EV hatchback will pack in decent punch, thanks to its electric powertrain. Tata Motors is also expected to introduce a dedicated Sports Mode for the city hatchback. The electronically selectable Sports Mode could allow users access to peak power and torque of the electric motor for short bursts. The mode could also tinker with the throttle response and steering feel to deliver a more engaging drive. 

Tata Motors will also equip the Tata Tiago EV with cruise control. 

3. Connected car tech

The Tata Tiago will also be kitted out with connected car tech that will introduce added convenience to buyers. The Tata Tiago EV will boast of 7-inch touchscreen infotainment that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car will also feature connected car features and smartwatch compatibility via a companion app. Tata Motors could allow real-time control of vehicle functions such as air conditioning, lighting, etc and also offer drive analytics data. 

4. Design

The Tata Tiago EV is certain to get some cosmetic changes to differentiate it from its ICE-powered sibling. The Tiago EV might be introduced with its Intensi Teal paint shade that is available on its EV range. Tata could also use some blue accents and highlights in the exteriors and interiors to jazz up the look. Likely changes could also include a redesigned bumper and a restyled set of wheels. 

Tata Motors has also confirmed the inclusion of leatherette seats finished in a shade of white. Tata could also incorporate some feel-good features and finishes possibly to justify the higher price tag on the electric Tata Tiago. Other essential comfort features such as power windows, rear wash wipes, fog lamps, climate control, digital MID, internally adjustable IRVMs, etc. In terms of safety, the Tiago and Tigor ICE-powered models are highly rated at the GNCAP and will also get ABS and multiple airbags. 

5. Powertrain 

The Tata Tiago is expected to utilise the Ziptron tech-based powertrain that does duty on the Tata Tigor EV. This means the Tata Tiago EV will use an electric motor that can generate a maximum power output of 74bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. According to reports, the motor will be paired to a 26kWh battery pack, which is the same as its elder sibling, the Tigor EV. This powertrain delivers a claimed range of 306km on the Tigor EV. Given that the Tata Tiago is smaller and hence lighter, the same powertrain could turn out to be more efficient in the real world. 

Tata is also likely to enable some form of fast charging on the Tiago EV making it slightly future-proof. The Tigor EV for example takes about 8 hours and 45 minutes to charge from 0 to 80 percent via a household-style 15A socket. The same can be achieved with a faster CCS 2 type fast charger in just 65 minutes. 

Tata Tiago EV price in India (expected)

Tata Motors is expected to price the Tata Tiago EV hatchback aggressively and the hatchback could become the most affordable full-size mainstream EV in the country. The ICE-powered versions of the Tiago hatchback are priced from Rs 5.40 lakh to Rs 7.82 (ex-showroom). The electric powertrain-equipped version could hence charge a premium of around Rs 1 to 1.5 lakh and the Tiago EV could be priced at around Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). This could mean an ex-showroom price of less than Rs 10 lakh, a feat that’s yet to be seen in the Indian EV space.