Tata Motors has been trying to enter the CNG passenger vehicle segment, dominated by two carmakers named Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. The first two variants to be meted out the CNG treatment will be the Tigor and Tiago – sketched for a launch on January 19th confirms the carmaker. The bookings are underway for the dealerships for the CNG variants. Both Tata Tigor and Tata Tiago will be installed with a 1.2 litre petrol engine. As of now, no changes are expected in terms of features and styling.
Official Bookings Open
The dealerships have already started welcoming bookings of the new CNG offspring, the Tiago and the Tigor. The booking amounts vary from 5,000 to 20,000 depending upon the dealership. The company has said that the price tag of both models will be unveiled on January 19th.
What Do We Know?
The Camouflaged test mules of the CNG-powered Tigor and Tiago have been spotted on the roads on multiple occasions earlier. The CNG powering vehicles, the Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor, are not likely to have any design and feature update over the standard variant. However, it is yet to discover which trim the company chooses to up the CNG kit. While both variants come with a well-equipped standard petrol guise, the equipment list for the CNG variants will depend on which trim the carmaker offers.
Engine Details of Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor CNG
Both the Tata Tigor and the Tata Tiago are installed with a sole 86 hp of power and 113 Nm of torque comprising a 1.2 litre, three Cylinder Revotro petrol engine. The CNG models are most likely expected to consist of the same engine. However, torque and power would experience a marginal sink. As we know, Tata provides both AMT gearbox and manual gearbox to its petrol powered Tigor and Tiago, but the CNG models will most likely be manual only. There would be some CNG batches on the vehicle’s exterior to distinguish them from others.
It’s worth mentioning that the Tata Tigor also has an electric sibling known as the Tigor EV. After the Tigor CNG launch, the Tata Tigor will be the only sedan in the country that will be available in all three: Petrol, electric guise, and CNG.
Competitors of Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor CNG In India
As mentioned previously, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki have dominated the CNG sector. The company has the most comprehensive range of CNG vehicles initiating from Alto and going all its way to the Ertiga, an MPV. Tata Tiago CNG variant will rival the Maruti Wagon R and Hyundai Santro, both CNG variants. Furthermore, the Tigor CNG will compete with the Hyundai Aura CNG. Maruti Suzuki had also announced that the company is working on the CNG variants of the new Celerio, Swift and Swift Dzire, which could sum up the competition against the Tigor and Tiago CNG.
Powered Automobiles In India
In realising the potential of CNG in the business, Maruti Suzuki was the first in the market and have paid hugely for it. After Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai also joined the queue. Now Tata, too, is finding a share of the pie. Given reasons will be the inflammation of the petrol costs.
Most of the urban population have opted for CNG fitted vehicles. The government is also trying to force the use of CNG as it’s far cheaper to import and helps extinguish the high crude import price in the country.
According to a report prepared by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the CNG connections have expanded to 3,500 filling stations in 293 cities presently, from 1,300 stations in 143 cities in 2019. Now aiming to strengthen to 6,000 stations by the year 2025 and to exceed a count of 10,000 stations till the year 2030.
It is worth mentioning that Tata will be one of the few companies operating on all fuel types available in India after introducing its CNG line-up.
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