tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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.

Tata Tiago EV Preview

Introduction

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.

Exterior

Front end is identical to the Tigor EV except for the grille, which is blacked out:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

No design changes at the rear apart from the missing tailpipe:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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):

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

In profile, the 14-inch wheels look proportionate for the size of the car:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Halogen projector headlamps are offered on the XZ+ and XZ+ Tech Lux variants of the Long Range variant:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

LED DRLs and foglamps are placed on the bumper. Fog lamps get blue accents around them:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview
The ‘.EV’ badge on the grille doesn’t feel like it will age well. The ‘EV’ badge on the Tigor looked better (
tata tiago ev | a close look & preview
):
tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

All door handles get nice piano black inserts:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Roof-coloured ORVMs look good. These come with the auto-fold feature:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Drum brakes at the rear:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Tata needs to tighten up on quality control. The rear door handle was misaligned on the display car:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Contrast black roof is offered only on the top-end XZ+ Tech Lux variant:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Tail-lamp cluster is the same as the regular Tiago:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

‘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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

High-voltage cables should’ve been covered up properly. Leaving them exposed is a bit disconcerting:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor puts out 74 BHP & 114 Nm of torque. In comparison, the Tigor EV puts out 170 Nm of torque:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Cheap pipe leading to the washer fluid tank:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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%:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

Here’s the car in the ‘Tropical Mist’ paint shade…

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

…and the ‘Midnight Plum’ paint shade, which was introduced with the Tiago CNG:

tata tiago ev | a close look & preview

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