Tata Motors has issued a voluntary recall for the Tigor diesel models in the country over a potential emission issue. Though the automaker has not yet revealed the exact numbers of affected units but it is estimated to be around 7,000 to 9,000 vehicles manufactured between 6th March and 1st December, 2017 with the chassis numbers falling between MAT629401GKP52721 to MAT629401HKN89616.
"Owners of the concerned vehicles will be contacted through our Dealer representatives. Details of this campaign are also shared on our website-www.tatamotors.com. Through this public notice, we also request all the concerned Tigor Diesel (MT) owners to take their vehicles, to nearest Dealership, with prior appointment, to carry out the repair or contact us at toll free no 1800 209 7979," said the company in an official statement.
However, Tata Motors has assured that the recalled Tigor diesel models are safe to drive and the emission issue doesn’t affect the vehicle in any manner to make it any less to drive. The respective dealers will contact to owners of the affected vehicles and will fix the glitch free of cost. Also, the customers can log on to Tata Motor’s official website and fill out their chassis number to check if their vehicle is a part of the recall or can also call via Tata's tollfree number - 1800 209 7979 as well as visit their nearest authorized dealership to get the information.
The diesel models of the Tigor sedan are priced between Rs 5.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) - Rs 7.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the prices of the petrol variants start from Rs 4.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and go up to Rs 6.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the Tata Tigor Buzz edition is available at Rs 5.64 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for petrol version and Rs 6.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the diesel one.
Under the hood, the affected Tata Tigor units come powered by a 1.05-litre three-cylinder Revotorq engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine is capable of developing a maximum power of 69 bhp and a maximum torque of 140 Nm. The motor is claimed to return an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 17.43 kmpl in city and 24.7 kmpl on highways. One thing to note here is that the Tata Tiago also comes powered by the same engine option. However, the recall has been announced only for the Tigor sedan. It is still not clear if the Tiago is also affected by the unspecified ‘potential emission issue’.
The average monthly sales figure of the Tata Tigor stands at around 2,655 units. The Tata Tigor is based on Impact Design language and features smoked headlamps with black treatment, fog lamps 14 and 15-inch alloys, additional boot at the back, multi-drive mode-ECO & CITY, fully automatic temperature control, ePAS with tilt adjustment, driver footrest, height adjuster for driver’s seat, adjustable front headrests, central locking with flip key remote, power windows (front & rear), power-operated wing mirrors, foldable rear arm rest, auto-down driver side window, cooled glove box, boot lamp and electric boot unlocking, DIS 2.5-inch display on the instrument panel along with driver information system, driver seat belt reminder, driver seatbelt reminder, dual-tone color theme, full fabric seat upholstery, power outlet in front & rear, ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman, AM/FM, USB, AUX-IN, iPOD connectivity, speed dependent volume control, steering mounted audio & phone controls, Bluetooth connectivity, voice command recognition, image & video playback, Juke-car app, digital controls for FATC etc.
The safety features comprises of day & night IRVM, ABS with EBD & corner stability control, front fog lamps, speed dependent auto door locks, follow-me-home lamps, park assist with rear sensors. Other tech such as park assist with camera, dual front airbags, rear defogger and seat belts with pretensioners & load limiters are specific to XZ and XZ (O) trims, while the base trims only get engine immobilizer in the line-up.
The sub-4m Sedan by Tata is offered in five variants: XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ (O). The Tigor goes head-on against its rivals with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, and the Volkswagen Ameo in the segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.