Not too long from now, Tata Motors will be introducing a new member to the Tiago family. Of late, spy photos of the Tiago CNG have found their way to the internet. Coincidentally, it has also come to light that the homegrown automaker is planning on launching CNG variants of some of its other models over the next couple of months. And since the Tigor is basically the sedan version of the Tiago, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to many that it too would be getting the CNG treatment. At present, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are the only two major players in the Indian market that produce cars that are powered by CNG.
Since Tata Motors only has about six models in their fleet, converting some of them to run on CNG isn’t a big challenge. Moreover, it is quite evident that not all of the company’s models will get a CNG kit fitted to them. Out of the six cars that Tata Motors sells in India, it is only the Tiago and Tigor that can be considered truly affordable. Therefore, it would make sense for the automaker to create CNG variants of these models instead of the Altroz or Nexon. As for the Harrier and Safari, both run on diesel fuel, so they will not be candidates for a flex-fuel system. According to spy photos online, the Tiago CNG looks almost identical to the standard petrol-only model.
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Having said that, there are a couple of differences between the standard Tiago and its CNG sibling. For starters, the CNG variant will come with CNG stickers on the front & rear windscreens to ensure that fuel station attendants and owners don’t mistake it for the petrol-only model. Furthermore, it seems like Tata has equipped the Tiago CNG with a new set of multi-spoke alloy wheels that aren’t found on the standard model. However, apart from these subtle tweaks, the rest of the hatchback will likely not boast any further upgrades. The exterior styling of the Tata Tiago has never been ugly, though it is by no means a timeless classic.
The front of the Tata Tiago sports large sweptback headlamps and a wide black grille with unique tri-arrow patterns. There’s also a thick strip of chrome that stretches to the ends of the fascia, which adds some extra character. At the rear of the Tiago are its tail lamps that are boomerang-shaped and a two-tone bumper that is accompanied by a roof spoiler for that ‘sporty’ effect. Overall, the Tata Tiago’s design may not cause one to drool, but it is unlikely to offend anyone. In terms of its interior, the CNG variant will be mostly identical to its petrol-only counterpart. This should also apply to the equipment list on offer, which as per usual, will depend on the trim level.
The petrol-only variant of the Tata Tiago uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 85hp and 113Nm of peak torque. This Revotron motor will be carried over to the CNG variant as well, where, as expected, its maximum output will dip by some margin. Then again, that is the case for almost every car that has petrol and CNG variants – the latter will always be down on power. As for the gearbox, Tata should stick the Tiago CNG with a 5-speed manual transmission. Once launched, the CNG variant of the Tata Tiago will command a premium over its equivalent petrol-only counterpart. For reference, the Tiago range is currently priced between Rs 5.00 Lakh and Rs 6.96 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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