Tata stepped into the CNG range with the all-new Tiago and Tigor. The Tiago and Tigor iCNG only offer a manual transmission. But Tata is reportedly considering AMT automatic variants of both models.
CarAndBike reports that during an interview with Shailesh Chandra, President, Tata Motors said that Tata is planning to bring the CNG-Automatic variants in the future.
“We are actively thinking of it. First, we would like to see the response of the market in the manual side, with the aspirational features we have taken, and if there are any adjustments needed, we would do that before introducing an automatic version. But it’s very clear that the penetration of automatic has been increasing, and that’s a logged-in trend. It is imminent that at some point of time we would actively look towards introducing an automatic version also.”
While Chandra did not take the name of the Tiago and Tigor, it is safe to assume that one of these will be the first ones to get an automatic transmission with CNG. Tata will stick with the AMT for the CNG variants and are more cost-effective.
There is no other manufacturer in India that offers an automatic transmission with the CNG models including Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. However, Tata did not give a timeline of the launch of the new automatic variants.
2022 Tata Tigor and Tiago iCNG
While there are no visual changes in the Tiago and Tigor iCNG models, Tata says that there are a few mechanical changes in the vehicle. Both the cars get a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated, three-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 73 PS and peak torque of 95 Nm. Only five-speed manual transmission is available with the CNG variants.
The new CNG tank placed in the boot reduces the space by quite much. Tata claims that it has used high-quality stainless steel CNG tank with anti-rust and anti-corrosion materials. The tank also gets a leak detection feature and thermal incident protection. The car cuts off the CNG supply when it detects a high temperature and releases the rest of the fuel into the air.
Even though both Tata Tiago and Tigor are rated as four-star by G-NCAP. The new CNG models will have to go through the test process again to retain the safety rating. That is because, with the addition of a CNG tank, the weight of the car has increased by about 100 kg. However, both the Tiago and Tigor remain the safest ICE cars on which the CNG variants are based.