Just a week after pictures of Tata's first production cross-hatch were leaked online, the company has today launched the Tiago NRG at an introductory price of Rs 5.50 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.32 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom, Delhi).
As you'd expect from a cross-hatch, the Tiago NRG is largely identical to the standard hatch but features a full body kit in a contrasting black shade, aimed at adding a bit of SUV flavour to the package. The body kit consists of front- and rear-bumper add-ons with faux brushed-aluminium scuff plates, along with additional trim pieces on the running boards and wheel arches.
A big difference between the NRG and the standard Tiago is the raised ride height. The Tiago NRG cross-hatch boasts 180mm of ground clearance, as opposed to the 170mm seen in the standard car. It is marginally longer, wider and taller than the standard hatchback as well, but that is due to the addition of exterior elements.
In terms of appearance, the Tiago NRG sports a black front-grille with no chrome detailing, a black roof, black roof-rails, black wing mirrors and door handles, and an additional black plastic trim on the tailgate. The NRG also gets headlamps with projector lens and black inserts (similar to the ones seen on the top-of-the-line Tigor compact sedan), and a new design for the 14-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the model gets contrasting trim elements finished in orange for the dashboard. Additionally, it is also equipped with electrically adjustable wing-mirrors and a cooled glove box. The Tiago NRG is the only Tiago variant available with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that doubles as the reverse-camera display. It also gets the Tigor's four-speaker Harman sound system.
Mechanically, the Tiago NRG is exactly the same as the standard hatch. Engine options include an 84hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 69hp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel unit. Interestingly, the only gearbox on offer is the five-speed manual – the standard Tiago can also be had with a five-speed AMT.
At this price, the Tiago NRG comfortably undercuts the Ford Freestyle but is also one size smaller. Only a full comparison will tell us which one is the better cross-hatch.
In the meantime, do you think the NRG is an attractive alternative to a standard hatchback? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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The confusion starts pretty early on, actually. I’m handed a key, and as I walk up to the parade of Panameras parked before us, I click down the unlock button and walk up to the white one that lights up. But it’s not until I walk around to the back of the car to load my bag into the boot that I realise I’ve been given the key to a ‘regular’ Panamera, and not the Sport Turismo. The two are identical from the nose to the rear door, and even beyond that, the roof is raised so subtly, you might not be able to spot it at first glance. Heck, the Sport Turismo even has the same tail-light cluster as the standard car, with the band of red LEDs sitting above the word ‘Porsche’ and connecting a pair of slim 911-like lamps on either side. The roof of this estate car actually tapers downward ever so slightly, which makes you wonder, how much more space could they have possibly squeezed out of it?
The answer to that is 50 litres, which seems like a pittance, when you consider that an estate is an entirely different body style designed for added practicality. In fact, Porsche’s own product presentation shows that the Sport Turismo can only take one suitcase more than the normal car. And thanks to the sloping roof, packing it to its rafters doesn’t take much; it doesn’t have the square loading area you’d expect from a more utilitarian body. What’s the point of that?
The greater benefit, you’ll find is in how much easier it is to load now. The loading sill is far lower, carved into the bumper rather than above it, which I notice as I haul my bag over the tall lip of the regular Panamera.
And, for the first time in a Panamera, you can have a bench seat in the back. Yes, no longer are you restricted to a pair of individual rear chairs, as snug and sporty as those are, but once again, this isn’t the game-changing feature you might think it is. The ‘bench’ is still made up of two ‘chairs’ and the only difference is that there’s a third seat belt, and a cushion in place of the storage console that once resided between the seats. This cushion is raised, narrow and not very comfortable, and the poor soul who’s sat here will have their legs splayed astride the wide central tunnel. So it’s only a bench in concept, and the Panamera Sport Turismo is a 4+1 seater at best. Yes, headroom is more than you get in a regular Panamera, thanks to the taller roof, and legroom is pretty good too, but you still feel very cocooned back here, without the same sensation of vastness that you’d get in a proper luxury sedan.
Everything else from the Panamera returns too – good things like the flawless build quality, semi-digital five-pod instrument cluster and snug bucket seats. And also things that border on the outright ludicrous, like a smudge-happy, black touch control panel for even mundane tasks like the blower speed, and air con vents that can only be adjusted via the touchscreen!
YES, BUT IS IT A PORSCHE?
It most certainly is. Thanks to a finely honed formula in the chassis and dynamics department, Porsche somehow makes even its largest and flabbiest cars nicer to drive than anything else of a comparable size and girth. The Panamera is not a small car; it’s long and it’s wide and visibility, rearward, is not great. But once you get to grips with the dimensions, the way it drives is really something special.
The Sport Turismo feels exactly the same to drive, although, if anything, the view out back is even worse, thanks to the porthole-like rear windscreen. The steering is on the heavy side, but not enough to be a burden; instead it’s a good heft that keeps you on your toes, reminding you that you’re in charge of a serious piece of hardware. After a go in the ludicrously powered 680hp Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid ‘sedan’ earlier in the day, I’m trying out the Sport Turismo in Turbo form – yup, the good ol’ fashioned V8 internal combustion-only model. And I never thought I’d see the day when a twin-turbocharged car with electric power steering felt like the purer driving experience. The hybrid model, with its electric intervention, greater kerb weight and wooden regenerative brakes left me feeling a bit disconnected. But the Turbo? Oh no, this one lets you feel what’s going on between the steering rack and the wheels, the pedal and the brakes. And since they’ve managed to almost entirely eliminate turbo lag, power delivery is just relentless. It’s the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 550hp and 770Nm of torque as we get in our ‘normal’ Panamera in India, and with its eight-speed PDK gearbox and AWD, it will crack 100kph in 3.6sec.
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While Porsche India have not revealed individual numbers, speaking to Autocar India on the sidelines of the GT2 RS launch in Mumbai Pavan Shetty Director Porsche India said “today the GT3’s are selling in two digits and we are still not able to satisfy the demand” with the company now already asking for a higher allocation for India. Porsche is also very upbeat on the GT2’s prospects in India and Pavan states that the demand for the 911 range topper is three times the amount that will be supplied.
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