Tata Motors has launched two more CNG powered E-MAX range of cars in the form of the Indica eV2 and the Indigo eCS. Both cars feature the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder XETA engine that has been tuned to run on both CNG and petrol. This engine, which outputs 65 Bhp-100 Nm when running on petrol, manages to output 56 Bhp-90 Nm on CNG.
Both cars have been launched in two variants: GLS and GLX. While the GLS variant of the Indica E-MAX CNG starts at 3.99 lakh rupees, the GLX variant is priced at 4.26 lakh rupees. The GLS Indigo eCS E-MAX CNG starts at 4.99 lakh rupees while the GLX variant is priced at 5.27 lakh rupees. All prices reflect ex-showroom Delhi figures.
Notably, the CNG E-MAX versions of the Indica and the Indigo are available only in 6 locations across India. These locations have been chosen due to their well established CNG dispensing infrastructure. This is true of the Nano E-MAX CNG as well. The 6 locations are: Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura.
Both the Indica and Indigo CNG variants have been fitted with 10 Kg CNG tanks that supplement the 42 liter petrol tank on the Indica and 45 liter petrol tank on the Indigo. Tata Motors claims a fuel economy figure of 23.7 Kms/Kg of CNG for the Indica and a figure of 24.6 Kms/Kg for the Indigo respectively.
Together, the petrol and CNG tanks of the Indica and the Indigo allow these cars to manage a range of 830 Kms (230 on CNG and 600 on petrol). Toggling between CNG and petrol modes is achieved by means of a dashboard mounted switch. Tata Motors offers a 75,000 Kms/4 year warranty on the CNG powered variants of the Indica and Indigo.
The cars get two additional safety features in the form of the automatic cut-off of CNG supply and automatic fuel quality checks.