Tata Tiago, Tigor CNG launch date, reservations, engine, features and rivals
Posted Jan 06, 2022 5:46:00 PM
Tata dealers began accepting reservations for the CNG-fueled Tiago and Tigor ahead of its launch on January 19.
Tata Engines has long considered entering the CNG passenger vehicle segment, which until now was dominated by only two players – Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. The first two models to receive the CNG treatment will be the Tiago and the Tigor – slated for launch on January 19, confirms Tata Motors. Reservations for the Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG are currently underway at Tata dealers.
- Official reservations for Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG have started
- Both are expected to be powered by Tata’s 1.2-liter NA gasoline engine.
- No change expected in terms of style or functionality
Tata Tiago CNG, Tigor CNG: opening of official reservations
Tata dealers have opened official reservations for the Tiago and Tigor CNG, with a reservation amount ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000, depending on the dealer. Tata Motors has announced that prices for both models will be announced on January 19.
Tata Tiago CNG, Tigor CNG: what do we know so far?
Camouflaged test mules of the CNG Tiago and Tigor have already been seen on our roads on numerous occasions. The CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor are unlikely to have any styling changes from the standard model, although it remains to be seen which of their versions Tata introduces the CNG kit. While both models are fairly well equipped in the standard petrol version, the equipment list of the CNG versions will depend on the versions on which they are offered.
Currently, the Tiago and Tigor are powered by a single 86 hp, 113 Nm, 1.2-liter, three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine. CNG versions are expected to use the same engine, although horsepower and torque figures could see a marginal drop. Tata offers manual and AMT gearbox options with the gasoline-powered Tiago and Tigor, but the CNG versions will likely be manual only. There could also be a few CNG badges on the exterior of both models to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.
It should be noted that the Tigor also has an electric sibling called the Tigor EV. With the launch of its CNG variant, the Tigor will be the only sedan in India available in gasoline, CNG and electric versions.
Tata Tiago CNG, Tigor CNG: rivals in India
As mentioned, the CNG space has so far been dominated by Maruti and Hyundai, the former having the widest range of CNG vehicles starting with the Alto, and going up to Ertiga minivan. The Tata Tiago CNG will face competition from the likes of the Hyundai santro CNG and Maruti Wagon R GNC. Meanwhile, the Tigor CNG will compete with the Hyundai Aura GNC. Maruti Suzuki is also reportedly working on new CNG variants of the Fast, Dzire and the new celery, which could add to the competition against CNG Tiago and Tigor.
Scope of CNG vehicles in India
Maruti Suzuki was one of the first automakers to realize the potential of CNG in our market, and it has paid off tremendously for them. After Maruti, Hyundai also joined the league, and now Tata is also looking for a piece of the pie. Given the high gasoline prices prevailing these days, many car buyers, especially those who live in cities where CNG is readily available, are are looking to switch to factory-fitted CNG vehicles. The government has also tried to promote the use of CNG, as it is much cheaper to import and also helps offset the high cost of importing crude from the country.
According to a report by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the CNG network has expanded to approximately 3,500 gas stations in 293 cities today, up from 1,300 stations in 143 cities in 2019. This network is expected to grow to 6,000 stations by 2025. and reach 10,000 stations by 2030.
It should be noted that with the introduction of its CNG range, Tata Motors will be one of the few automakers running on all types of fuel available in the country – gasoline, diesel, CNG and electric.
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