Tata Motors has officially launched the Altroz iCNG after being first showcased at the 2023 auto expo. Altroz iCNG is Tata's third offering in the CNG segment after Tiago and Tigor launched last year. Altroz iCNG is the only car among other CNG hatchbacks to offer a sunroof. Moreover, Altroz chiCNG also comes up with a dual-cylinder set-up located below the luggage area, offering the safest solution as the valves and pipes are protected under the load floor, minimising potential damage risk.
The prices of the AltroziCNG start from 7.55 lakhs for the base XE variant and go up to 10.55 lakhs for the top-end XZ+ O (S) variant. The AltroziCNG is built on the ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced) Architecture platform, proven for a 5-Star Global NCAP adult safety rating. Safety is well taken care of, wherein a micro-switch is used to keep the car switched off when refuelling. Also, thermal incident protection cuts off the CNG supply to the engine and releases gas into the atmosphere as a measure of safety.
Tata Altroz iCNG, apart from CNG badging, looks almost identical to its petrol counterpart. It's a CNG-powered car, so cylinder tanks compromise boot space. So it only gets 210 litres of boot space, 135 litres less than the standard Altroz's 345-litre boot. Like the outside, the interior is similar to the petrol-powered Altroz, which includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an air purifier, a wireless charger and more. The significant addition, though, is the use of voice-activated sunroof.
Tata AltroziCNG will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 77hp of power and 103Nm of torque in CNG mode, whereas it packs 88hp of power and 115Nm of torque in Petrol mode. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
Tata has priced Altroz CNG so smartly that its base variant is around 80-90 thousand cheaper than its rivals, which include MS Baleno and Toyota Glanza. In comparison, its top-spec trim is almost 1.2-1.3 lakhs more expensive than its rival. The buyers in this segment are more value-conscious than feature-centric. Thus, it will help Tata to penetrate strongly in the CNG market as well.