Tata Tigor vs Baleno

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This comparison might seem a bit off-beat as the two cars compared here do not belong to the same segment and thus, they are not direct rivals. The soon to launch Tata Tigor is a sub-4 meter, while the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a premium hatchback. However, it is thought that the stylish and feature-rich Tata Tigor once launched in the Indian car market might dampen the high demands for the very popular Maruti Baleno to some extent.

Maruti Suzuki, the country’s top auto company brought out its Baleno to fight it out better in the Indian premium hatchback segment, as its good old Swift was falling short before the more premium Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz and the likes. The Baleno is the first massively successful model from Maruti’s premium NEXA dealership exclusive lineup and no less than a trump card to win grand volumes and is a nightmare for its rivals.

Here’s a look at the soon to launch Tata Tigor and the massively successful Maruti Suzuki Baleno, to see how they are packed to kill market competition:

Tata Tigor Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Design

Tata Motors is set to launch its all-new sub-4-meter compact sedan, Tigor on 29th of March, 2017. It is based on the popular Tiago hatchback which is praised for its fresh and smart design and the Tigor looks equally contemporary and cool, but albeit it comes with its individual design elements. The Tigor was first unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo as Kite 5 concept model. Tata Motors calls this compact sedan a ‘styleback’, as it comes with a very stylish rear design, which is its highlight. The Kite 5 won the Confederation of Indian Industrial design award in December 2016 and is a real eye-soother. The Tigor is the third model to be based on Tata Motors’ new IMPACT design language after the Tiago and the recently launched Hexa flagship crossover. The car has the familiar Tiago based front fascia, while the rear design is of a notchback.

On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno launched in India back in October, 2015. It looks smart, elegant and premium, but not exactly a head turner. It was first unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, where it was showcased in a more stylish avatar, but the real deal is much more subdued. The higher variants obviously look more premium and alluring with more chrome garnish and LED DRLs.

Dimensions

It terms of dimensions, the Tigor subcompact sedan will measure about 3,992 mm in length, 1,677 mm in width and 1,537 mm in height. The car sits on a wheelbase measuring 2,450 mm. It is thought to offer a roomier rear section owing to its intriguing roofline design that’s different from the traditional subcompact sedans. The car has a fuel tank capacity of 35 liters.

The Baleno measures 3995 mm in length, 1745 mm in width and 1510 mm in height. It is based on a wheelbase measuring 2520 mm. It has a fuel tank capacity of 37 liters. The large hatchback is very spacious and is a bit longer and wider than Tigor with a longer wheelbase, but is a tad shorter.

Interior & Features

The interior of the Tata Tigor is also very like that of its hatchback sibling Tiago, with some tweaks and changes. The compact sedan boasts of a well-appointed and very pleasing interior that is highly feature-rich as well. The Tigor sedan will offer a 5 inch display integrated Harman entertainment system along with 8 speaker’s audio system and navigation, a multifunctional three-spoke steering wheel with steering mounted controls, a piano black centre console and stylish dashboard design that come straight from the Tiago. Quality interior materials and nice fit and finish are also ditto as the Tiago. Safety features on the top-end trim will include dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), three-point seatbelt, central locking system, speed sensing auto door locks, etc.

The Baleno being a premium hatchback offers superb cabin that is stylish, premium, well finished, comfortable and very roomy. The Baleno’s interior is highly praised for being neat, simply laid and for being highly user-friendly. It flaunts a premium all-black highlighted with classy silver and chrome accents. It is fully laden with great features including the company’s SmartPlay infotainment system with touchscreen and Apple CarPlay support, stylish instrument cluster with color display, HID headlamps, a keyless entry sensor, auto climate control and much more. Safety features include dual front airbags and ABS as standard across all variants, speed sensing auto door locks, central locking system, engine immobilizer and much more.

Powertrains

The Tigor will come in both petrol and diesel versions and will be sharing the same engines that do the duty under the hood of the Tiago hatch. The Tigor petrol will get powered by the 1.2 liter 3-cylinder Revotron mill that can churn out a max power output of 85 PS and a peak torque of 114 Nm. The diesel avatar of the compact sedan will be equipped with the 1.05 liter 3-cylinder Revotorq motor that can pump out 70 PS and 140 Nm. Transmission duties will be carried out by a standard 5 speed manual transmission gearbox for both the engines, while an automated manual transmission (AMT) gearbox option is also speculated to be on the cards.

The Baleno comes equipped with a 1.2-liter petrol mill offering 84 PS and 115 Nm, and a 1.3-liter diesel engine delivering 75 PS and 190 Nm. Both the engines get paired to a standard 5 speed manual transmission, while the petrol mill gets the choice of a CVT automatic gearbox.

Pricing

The Tigor is speculated to be the cheapest subcompact sedan in India and is expected to cost between Rs. 4 and Rs. 5.6 lakhs.

The Baleno Costs between Rs. 5.59 and Rs. 9.19 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a great premium hatchback model and will remain to be highly popular. However, if Tata Motors can price the Tigor significantly lesser than the Baleno, then it is sure to snatch some demands away from it owing to its pretty similar features, quality and performance figures.