Indian homegrown auto manufacturer Tata Motors finally introduces CNG technology in Tiago and Tigor, strengthening its green-mobility vision along with its electric cars lineup. Until now, the demands for factory-fitted CNG cars were fulfilled only by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motors. Now Tata Motors would like to strengthen its position in the CNG market, which has been increasing due to sky-rocketing fuel prices.
“The demand for both economical personal mobility as well as greener, emission friendly mobility is rapidly rising. With this foray in the fast-growing segment of CNG powered vehicles, we are offering more choice to our discerning customers,” says Mr. Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Ltd.
The Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG both get equipped with the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine , delivering around 73bhp of power and 95Nm of torque. These power and torque numbers are 10bhp and 18Nm lesser than the petrol-only models. The Tata CNG cars get a 35-litre petrol tank and a 60-litre CNG tank. Tata Motors claims that both CNG cars come in with best-in-class technology and features, programmed to deliver optimum performance and seamless shifting of fuel modes from Petrol to CNG and vice versa.
The cars are designed in line with the company’s New Forever philosophy, which stands firm on 4 key pillars of performance, safety, technology and features. Both the vehicles get standard safety features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD and Corner Stability Control. The car also gets a single advanced ECU and an auto switchover between fuels. Moreover, both the cars can be started directly in CNG mode.
The Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG come with only a manual transmission option. The Tata Tiago CNG can be bought be in all four variants, whereas the Tigor CNG can be purchased only with the top two variants. Prices for Tigor CNG starts with Rs.6.09 lakhs for the base XE variant and goes up to Rs.7.64 lakhs for the XZ+ dual-tone variant. On the other hand, the Tigor CNG XZ variant costs Rs.7.69 lakh and XZ+ dual-tone charge up to Rs.8.41 lakhs.
Tata has also introduced new Midnight Plum colour for the Tiago and a Magnetic Red hue for the Tigor. These cars will come with a warranty of 2 years or 75,000 km, whichever is earlier, as a standard option for all customers. Tiago will compete against the Maruti-Suzuki WagonR S-CNG and the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Celerio S-CNG. Whereas, The Tigor gets only one rival in the form of Hyundai Aura CNG .