Tata Motors has been seeing promising growth in its passenger vehicle sales for the past few months. In fact, in March 2021, the homegrown brand sold 422 percent more cars than it did in March 2020. Even otherwise, with the introduction of models like the new Safari and the popular Tiago, Tata has a healthy product portfolio as of now. However, the automaker has now decided to introduce CNG versions of some of its cars. These select models will come equipped with factory-fitted CNG kits in order to ensure optimum safety and performance standards.
As of now, Tata Motors hasn’t released any details regarding which models will be getting a CNG version. However, applying logical reasoning, it sure will not be the Harrier or the new Safari. Similarly, it is highly unlikely that Tata will equip its popular Nexon crossover with a CNG kit. As it is, the Nexon is already one of the best-selling models in the brand’s lineup. Moreover, it already has an EV variant, which just so happens to be the top-selling EV in the Indian market. Therefore, that leaves models like the Tiago, Tigor, and the Altroz premium hatchback. Of these, chances are that the Altroz may not end up getting a CNG version as it is Tata’s premium offering.
On the other hand, entry-level models like the Tiago hatchback and the Tigor subcompact sedan would be likely candidates for the CNG kit infusion. These are some of the highest-selling cars in Tata’s fleet, so it would make sense for the automaker to introduce their respective CNG versions. Considering buyers that choose the Tiago and Tigor are on a tighter budget than those that go for an Altroz, for example, a CNG version makes some financial logic. Even though CNG variants will cost more at the time of purchase, they will be cheaper to run. Of course, that is taking into account the fact that CNG is cheaper to buy than petrol.
One of the downsides of CNG-powered cars over their petrol-fueled siblings is some loss in performance. This is almost always the case with budget-friendly production cars, so the same can be expected from Tata’s upcoming CNG models, too. The standard petrol version of the Tiago hatchback costs between Rs 4.85 Lakh and Rs 6.85 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Meanwhile, the Tigor sedan has a price tag of between Rs 5.50 Lakh and Rs 7.64 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both models come with a 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated three-cylinder engine that produces 85hp and 113Nm of torque when fueled with petrol. As for their respective CNG versions, the Tiago’s and Tigor’s three-cylinder engine will develop less power and torque. However, in terms of their features and equipment, the CNG versions of the Tiago and Tigor will be identical to their petrol-powered siblings.