Bookings for the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor have begun at Tata dealerships ahead of their launch later this month.
Tata Motors has been considering a move into the CNG passenger vehicle market, which is currently dominated by only two companies: Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. If not for pandemic-related delays and the worldwide semiconductor crisis, this may have happened sooner. Tata Motors, on the other hand, is getting ready to debut its first CNG-powered vehicles, the Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG, this month, with official reservations already open.
- Official bookings for Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG have commenced
- Both are expected to be powered Tata’s 1.2-litre NA petrol engine
- No changes expected in terms of styling or features
Official bookings for the Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG are now available
Official bookings for the Tiago and Tigor CNG have begun at Tata dealerships, with booking amounts ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 depending on the dealership. Tata has yet to confirm a date for the price announcement for both models, which is due later this month.
What do we know about the Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG so far?
Previously, camouflaged test mules of the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor have been observed on our roads. The CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor are unlikely to differ stylistically from the conventional model, however Tata has yet to reveal which trims will receive the CNG kit. While both models come well-equipped in regular petrol form, the CNG versions’ equipment list will vary depending on the trims they are available in.
Both the Tiago and Tigor are currently powered by a single 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine with 86hp and 113Nm. Although the CNG variants are expected to use the same engine, power and torque statistics may be slightly lower. With the petrol-powered Tiago and Tigor, Tata offers both manual and automatic transmission options, but the CNG models are likely to be manual-only. Both models may also have a handful of CNG emblems on the outside to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.
It’s worth mentioning that the Tigor has an electric counterpart known as the Tigor EV. With the addition of a CNG option, the Tigor will be India’s sole sedan that comes in petrol, CNG, and electric versions.
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Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG are competitors in India
As previously said, Maruti and Hyundai have dominated the CNG market, with the former offering the broadest variety of CNG vehicles, starting with the Alto and ending with the Ertiga MPV. The Hyundai Santro CNG and the Maruti Wagon R CNG will compete against the Tata Tiago CNG. In the meanwhile, the Tigor CNG will compete with the Hyundai Aura CNG. Maruti Suzuki is also rumoured to be working on new CNG models of the Swift, Dzire, and new Celerio, all of which might compete with the CNG Tiago and Tigor.
India’s potential for CNG-powered vehicles
Maruti Suzuki was one of the first carmakers to recognise the potential of CNG in our market, and their early investment has paid off handsomely. Hyundai followed Maruti into the game, and now Tata is vying for a piece of the action. Given the current high cost of gasoline, many automobile purchasers, particularly those who live in places where CNG is widely available, are opting for factory-fitted CNG vehicles. The government has also been attempting to promote the use of CNG, as it is far less expensive to import and helps to balance the country’s high crude import costs.
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According to a survey by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the CNG network has grown from 1,300 stations in 143 cities in 2019 to almost 3,500 stations in 293 cities today. By 2025, this will have grown to 6,000 stations, and by 2030, it will have grown to 10,000 stations.
Tata Motors will be one of the few carmakers operating on all fuel types accessible in the country, including petrol, diesel, CNG, and electric, with the debut of its CNG line-up.