In days from now, Maruti Suzuki will introduce a new, cab operator-specific variant of the previous generation Dzire. Called the Dzire Tour S CNG, the new compact sedan will run on both petrol and CNG fuels. The price of this car has been revealed to be Rs. 5.97 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The Dzire Tour S CNG is based on the 2nd generation version of the car, and will be mainly sold in the NCR market and other markets where there is demand for CNG powered cars. The new variant of the Dzire Tour S will be available in three colours: Pearl Metallic Arctic White, Metallic Silky Silver and Midnight Black.
The car uses the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine that has been tuned to run on CNG as well. The car will get a factory-fitted CNG kit and tank. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard. On petrol, the engine will produce 83 Bhp and 112 Nm while on CNG, the engine will produce 74 Bhp/ Torque figures of the engine while running on CNG have not been revealed yet. Expect torque also to dip by about 10-15 %. The Dzire Tour S is also available with a turbocharged diesel engine that displaces 1,248cc and produces 74 Bhp and 190 Nm. The Dzire Diesel also gets a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard.
Air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR) is particularly poor, which made the NGT mandate that all cabs sold in the NCR run on CNG. CNG produces much lesser pollution than even petrol (which pollutes less than diesel), and is also cost effective. The only downside of CNG is that it needs to be re-filled constantly because the tank range of a CNG car is much lower than that of a diesel car. This causes delays in the operations of cabs as drivers typically spend 30 minutes to an hour each day just refilling their cars’ CNG tank. Also, availability of CNG is quite limited in India. Many large cities such as Bangalore and Chennai don’t have CNG dispensing fuel stations. Also CNG refilling stations aren’t available outside cities, making long distance highway travel on this fuel impossible.