During these times of rising gasoline prices, car manufacturers are turning their attention to launching CNG variants of their existing cars.
Maruti Suzuki has already announced plans to offer CNG as an alternative fuel option for all of its vehicles. Hyundai too plans to make CNG-powered cars available in India. Tata Motors has also announced that it will introduce CNG versions of some of its existing car models.
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Tata Motors is preparing CNG variants of its entry-level cars, which are expected to launch later this year. The manufacturer has already started conducting public road tests for the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor. The spotted models had the sticker ‘Test BY ARAI’, and were caught with emission testing equipment. Various media reports have suggested that both Tiago and Tigor CNG will be launched during the festive season, before Diwali.
Neither model is expected to receive any major design changes and will look identical to their existing IC-engine variants. The interiors of CNG cars are also expected to remain unchanged. In comparison to petrol and diesel engine models, CNG-powered cars are cheaper to operate.
Competitors of these Tata CNG cars
The Tata Tiago CNG will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R CNG and the Hyundai Santro CNG. Alternatively, the Tata Tigor CNG will compete against Maruti’s upcoming Dzire CNG and Hyundai’s Aura CNG. Tigor currently has only one rival in its segment which has a CNG powertrain option, i.e., Hyundai Aura. Recently, the CNG variant of Ford Aspire was also spotted testing.
Tata Motors’ Tiago is one of the best-selling cars, along with Nexon and Altroz. Tiago sells between 6k and 8k units per month. Post-launch of the CNG range, Tata can expect another boost in sales.