According to media reports, Tata dealerships have started accepting unofficial bookings of the Tiago CNG for a token amount of Rs. 11,000. The CNG version of the Tiago is expected to get launched next month with deliveries starting in December.
Tata has been working on the CNG variants of the Tiago and Tigor for quite some time now. The test mules of both the vehicles have been spotted a few times on our Indian roads and they were even clicked once while waiting in a queue at a CNG pump.
The Tiago CNG will still be offered with the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that puts out 86 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. When running on CNG the power and torque outputs will decrease. The CNG variant is expected to be offered only with the manual gearbox.
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The CNG variant could be based on the mid-spec XT and XZ variants. The XT variant comes with wheel covers, rear parking sensors with a reverse parking camera, an infotainment system with 4 speakers sourced from Harman, steering mounted audio controls and much more. The XZ variant adds quite a bit of equipment. For instance, it adds a touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Image & Video Playback. It also gets a cooled glovebox, auto-fold ORVMs, height-adjustable driver seat, one shot down window for the driver, front fog lamps, rear defogger, rear wiper with washer, parcel shelf, body-coloured AC vents and blacked-out B-pillar.
There will be no cosmetic changes to the Tiago CNG. Although, Tata Motors might put a badging for the CNG variants to differentiate them. The prices of the CNG variants are expected to be around Rs. 60,000 more than the regular petrol engine. Currently, the Tiago starts at Rs. 4.99 lakhs ex-showroom and go up to Rs. 7.04 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Tiago competes against the Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Celerio and Renault Triber. The WagonR, Celerio and the Grand i10 are already offered with factory fitted CNG variants. So, Tiago CNG will be competing against them.
Tata is also working on the CNG variant of their compact-sedan, Tigor. While Tiago’s boot space will mostly be taken by the CNG cylinder, the Tigor will still have some decent space left because of its 420-litre boot space. So, the person should have some space to pack in some luggage.
The Tigor is also expected to launch alongside the Tiago. It will also not get any cosmetic changes. There will only be mechanical changes in the form of a factory-fitted CNG. The sedan has also been spotted quite a few times. We would have to wait for Tata Motors to launch both the vehicles so that we can get more information about them.
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