Tata Tiago CNG is expected to cost up to Rs 70,000 more than the petrol model and will rival CNG variants of Maruti WagonR and Hyundai Santro
Tata Motors has been prepping to launch the CNG version of Tiago and it looks like the small car is finally close to making it to the market very soon. In relation to this, several dealers have started accepting bookings of the new car. The Tata Tiago was launched in 2016 in both petrol and diesel variants. By 2020, the diesel vehicle was discontinued and now, with the ever-increasing fuel prices, the carmakers of the country are fast readying the CNG versions to help people find respite from the petrol prices. True, the EVs are the way forward but as they’ll still take some time becoming mainstream, CNG cars definitely make a lot of sense. The new variant of the most affordable Tata car will lock horns with Maruti WagonR and Hyundai Santro.
In fact, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd already has a handful of CNG products in its lineup. Even Hyundai has started offering CNG versions of its models and now, with Tata having overtaken Hyundai on sales charts, it’s planning to further consolidate its position with the introduction of CNG models. While the Tiago will be the first recipient of the CNG kit, even the Tigor, which is already available in a slew of variants, including EV versions, will be launched with CNG options.
Tata Tiago and Tigor CNG – Specs
In fact, many times, the Tiago CNG has already been spotted on our roads clocking miles in real world collection. The video above is of one such sighting. The small car features a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that outputs 86PS and 113Nm. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a 5-speed AMT as optional. However, when it comes to the upcoming CNG variant, only the manual transmission will be offered. Also, as always, there will be a small drop in power and torque figures when compared to the petrol variant. However, the look of the Tiago CNG will stay unchanged except perhaps for some new badges to signify the CNG powertrain.
Interiors and Features
Overall, the cabin of the Tiago CNG will also stay the same as the petrol variant. However, there are chances it won’t be available in the top-end trim. Still, one can expect features like electric windows, electric ORVMs, 7-inch Infotainment Touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 3D Navigation through Navimaps, audio and telephone controls on the steering wheel, automatic climate control and digital instrument cluster. Additionally, the Tiago boasts of a 4-star adult protection rating from Global NCAP, which makes it one of the safest cars in the affordable end of the market. The new variant of the Tata Tiago is expected to cost up to Rs 70,000 more than its petrol sibling.