Unofficial bookings for the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor have begun at a few Tata dealerships.
Tata Motors has long considered entering the CNG passenger vehicle market, which is currently dominated by only two companies: Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. According to sources, Tata Motors is finally preparing to launch its first CNG-powered vehicles – the Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG – in January 2022, which could have happened sooner if not for pandemic-related delays and the global semiconductor crisis.
Bookings for Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG have begun on an unofficial basis
Tata’s 1.2-litre NA petrol engine is expected to power both.
In terms of styling or features, no changes are expected.
Unofficial bookings for Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG are now available.
Although the company hasn’t made an official announcement, select Tata dealerships have begun accepting pre-bookings for the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor. In the coming weeks, Tata Motors is expected to formally open bookings for the Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG, ahead of their January launch.
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 spotted on our roads. The CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor are unlikely to differ stylistically from the standard model, though Tata has yet to reveal which trims will receive the CNG kit. While both models come well-equipped in standard petrol form, the CNG versions’ equipment list will vary depending on which 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 of torque. Although the CNG versions are expected to use the same engine, power and torque figures may be slightly lower. With the petrol-powered Tiago and Tigor, Tata offers both manual and automatic transmission options, but the CNG versions are likely to be manual-only. Both models may also have a couple of CNG badges on the outside to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.
It’s worth noting that the Tigor has an electric counterpart known as the Tigor EV. With the addition of a CNG variant, the Tigor will be India’s only sedan that comes in petrol, CNG, and electric versions.
Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG are competitors in India
As previously stated, Maruti and Hyundai have dominated the CNG market, with the former offering the broadest range 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 meantime, the Tigor CNG will compete with the Hyundai Aura CNG. Maruti Suzuki is also said to be working on new CNG variants of the Swift, Dzire, and new Celerio, all of which could 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 league, and now Tata is vying for a piece of the action. Given the current high cost of gasoline, many car buyers, particularly those who live in cities where CNG is readily available, are opting for factory-fitted CNG vehicles. The government has also been attempting to promote the use of CNG, as it is much less expensive to import and helps to offset the country’s high crude import costs.
According to a report by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the CNG network has grown from 1,300 stations in 143 cities in 2019 to around 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 available in the country, including petrol, diesel, CNG, and electric, with the introduction of its CNG line-up.