Tata Launches 2 New CNG Cars Starting At Rs 6.09 Lakh! 300Kms On Full Tank? Check USPs, Variants & More
Tata Motors has launched the CNG variants of the Tiago and Tigor in India, called the Tiago iCNG and Tigor iCNG.
Prices start from Rs 6.10 lakh for the Tiago iCNG and Rs 7.70 lakh for Tigor iCNG, around Rs 1 lakh more expensive than the petrol variants.
The company has also introduced a new range-topping XZ+ variant on both models.
The Tiago iCNG is offered in five variants -the base XE trim, XM, XT, XZ+ (ST) and XZ+ (DT).
Tigor iCNG is available in three variants – XZ, XZ+ (ST), and the XZ+.
Changing Old Perceptions
It can be presumed that Tata Motors is looking to change the perception around CNG vehicles and their buyers.
The typical image of CNG cars is that it’s something sub-premium and unsophisticated.
Carmakers also have an image of those who buy CNG cars to have a tight budget with less proclivity to spend.
As a result, they keep their CNG offerings limited to lower trim variants and with limited color options, further denting its appeal.
Giving CNG A Makeover
Vice president and product line head at Tata Motors Mohan Savarkar said that it is only after speaking with customers that it found that CNG buyers also wanted higher-end features.
The launch of the top end variants for both models are its first step towards revamping the image of CNG to something more premium.
Both get little changes aside from the iCNG badging.
However, the Tigor XZ+ does get a new shade and new features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, a shark fin antenna, and rear parking camera.
The Tiago gets projector headlamps and a new premium black and beige interior colour scheme.
The range-topping variants of both feature the following in their interiors:
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- JBL-Harmon sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
- Height adjustable driver seat
- Reach adjust for steering wheel
The cars have a close fuel lid warning feature on the digital-instrument cluster.
With this feature, the engine won’t start if the fuel lid is open.
There is also a leak detection system where the powertrain automatically switches to petrol when it senses leakage.
Both are powered by the same 1.2-litre BSVI Revotron petrol engine which churns out 72 bhp and 95 Nm of peak torque.
Its maximum power output is the highest for any CNG car in the segment.
Transmission duties are handled by a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Fuel efficiency of both comes at around 30-35 kms/Kg of CNG.
This brings down the running costs to around Rs 2/km since usually CNG is available at around Rs 65/kg.
The cars offer seamless shifting of fuel modes from petrol to CNG and vice-versa.
The suspension of both models have also been re-tuned to accommodate the additional weight of the CNG kit.
The Tiago iCNG competes with the Maruti Suzuki WagonR CNG, Hyundai Grand i10 CNG and the recently launched Celerio CNG.
The Tigor iCNG faces competition from Hyundai Aura CNG and the soon to be launched Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG.