Automakers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have been dominating the Indian CNG car market for a while, but now the country’s current second-largest carmaker Tata Motors has officially announced the launch dates of its CNG lineup. The highly anticipated Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG will be launched on the 19th of January 2022 and the unofficial bookings for these models have already begun in dealerships across the nation for a token amount of Rs 5000 to Rs 20,000.
In addition, to the Tiago and Tigor CNG, Tata is also working on the development of the Altroz and Punch CNG variants as well, and rumours are that these two models will be following the CNG lineup of Tata Motors in the near future.
As of now, it is being surmised that the CNG option for these siblings will be available in the base XE and the mid-spec XT variant, although a third variant could also get the CNG alternative. In terms of the drivetrain, both the Tiago and the Tigor are powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine that produces 85bhp and 113Nm of torque.
However, with the addition of the CNG kit, the power output of this Revotron petrol is likely to go down and it could produce around 70-75bhp power and close to 100Nm of torque. While the petrol variants of the siblings are offered with manual and AMT gearbox options, the CNG versions will only be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Recently we covered a story here on Cartoq, which had a walkaround video of this upcoming model and from the video, it can be seen that there are not a lot of visual differences between the petrol and CNG variant. Apart from the ‘i-CNG’ badge on the tailgate and the CNG tank inside the boot, there are no noticeable differences. Although it is to be noted that the Tiago CNG will be losing its boot capacity due to the placement of the CNG tank but there will be a little useable space in Tigor CNG because of its already bigger trunk.
As of now, the dealerships have already started receiving these variants in the inventory and as for the pricing the current outgoing petrol Tiago is priced at around Rs. 4.99 lakh to Rs. 7.07 lakh, while the price of Tigor ranges from Rs. 5.67 lakh to Rs. 7.84 lakh (ex-showroom prices, New Delhi) in the Indian market. So it is expected that the pricing of the CNG variants of these models will be around Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 70,000 higher than the equivalent petrol variants.
Tata is eyeing to rival the likes of the Maruti S-Presso CNG, Maruti Wagon-R CNG, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios CNG, and Hyundai Santro CNG with its hatchback Tiago CNG and it will also be rivalling the Hyundai Aura CNG and Maruti Dzire CNG with the Tigor CNG.