Ok, so the pricing has been out for a couple of days and needless to say Tata has hit the ball out of the park (..errm at-least with majority of the variants). They have definitely missed a trick with XT. And that is all I am going to say for XT.
XZ+ in its own right as an independent package is priced extremely well for the long list of features it has an offer vis-a-vis the competition.
Only when you start looking at the premium XZ+ has over XT and XM more so, you can't help but get this feeling ...meh Tata could have possibly priced this a tad lower. (but hey, this is strictly my opinion and like I said earlier great pricing in general).
So the primary reason for me writing this nugget is to lend my opinion on the fact that XM is the most VFM
variant hands down. It ticks all the boxes in terms of safety and essential creature comforts. Here is my take on why XM will possibly churn the most numbers for Tata.
1. With on road price of approximately 8.5 L for diesel and 7.4 L for the Petrol version, it is unmistakably treading operating zones of the following segment of vehicles
a. The so called premium hatch backs of the world in elite i20, Baleno, Jazz and the likes. Imagine this: an almost comparable spec sheet on a Baleno (petrol) costs you close to 7.5 L and for this amount you can get home a Petrol Nexon that offers you performance and ride from at-least a segment above if not more.
b. Entry level 3 box cars in Dzires, Xcent, Amaze, etc.
c. and of-course the direct competition it is pitted against.
2. The Price range (7-8L) is stark bang in the middle of what an urban city dweller in his late twenties to early thirties would be out to spend. And the percentage of such population is only increasing steadily with Indian economy in general showing an upmarket trend. The moment price gets closer to 10 big ones and it almost seems a whole lot more, I mean come on we are talking of a Million Indian rupees. Right ?
3. Most nifty buggers (myself included) will probably end up swapping the tyres (and the allows) with those on the XZ+. Further on the list would be the missing 4 tweeters (XM already has the 4 speakers), shark fin antenna and voila we are done. The point here being one always has the option of selectively installing a lot of stuff from the higher variant. Lets say you spent an additional 50K on these 'upgrades' and you still end up saving 1.5 L which is a L-O-T of ka-ching ($$$$).
Personally, I said it earlier and I'll say it again. This the car I am going to buy but not without waiting for the initial 3-4 month period because I am in the market for a diesel and the engine is brand new. Had it been the petrol I was after, I would have already done the booking even before the prices were revealed, as the engine has been around in Tigor (minus the TC) for a while now.