Saar: Apart from flaunting a beefed-up exterior, the new variant also gets additional features.

The Tata Tiago has always been one of the best value-for-money propositions in its segment. It is loaded with features, has decent engines  and also looks good. Now, you can have all that, and some, with the new Tiago NRG. The new variant is available with petrol and diesel engine options. While the former is priced at Rs 5.50 lakh, the latter wears a price tag of Rs 6.32 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

Tata Motor defines the Tiago NRG as an “Urban Toughroader”. That’s typical Tata idiosyncrasy – making up snazzy words in order to define its products. Anyway, the Tiago NRG looks refreshing and quite unlike the rest of the range. That’s because it is wearing a body kit to make itself look meaner and tougher.

There’s body cladding all-round the car’s lower section, including the wheel arches, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified to accommodate faux aluminium-brushed scuff plates. Apart from that, the hatchback gets newly designed, dual-tone 14-inch alloy wheels, a contrasting black roof, rugged-looking roof rails and black front grille, ORVM caps, door handles and a black trim on the tailgate.

The Tiago NRG also flaunts 180mm of ground clearance, which is 10mm more than the standard range and, thanks to the cosmetic enhancements, it is marginally bigger in length, width and height as well. It also gets projector headlamps with black inserts, just like the ones offered with range-topping Tigor variants. The Tiago NRG is available in three colour options – Malabar Silver, Canyon Orange and Fuji White.

Inside the cabin, the Tiago NRG comes with an all-black interior with canyon orange highlights, body-hugging bolsters on the seats which feature denim-inspired fabric and a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system from the Tigor as well. The dashboard-mounted display also gets a feed from the rear-view camera.

Mechanically, the Tiago NRG is identical to the standard variants. However, there is no AMT option. The petrol-powered Tiago NRG makes do with a 1.2-litre mill which puts out 85PS/114Nm, whereas the diesel-fed variant comes with a 1.05-litre motor which produces 70PS/140Nm. Both engines are only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

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For all the added stuff, Tata Motors is asking for approximately Rs 28,000 over and above the Tiago XZ variants. In our books, it isn’t too much. But if you think it is, compare the Tiago NRG with the Maruti Suzuki CelerioX and the Ford Freestyle, both of which are similar beefed-up variants of their standard selves.