The rising levels of pollution in the world have led car manufacturers to look at alternative fuels to power their vehicles and one of the best one’s available today is CNG or Compressed Natural Gas. It is far cleaner than regular fuel such as petrol and diesel and is a great way to help reduce pollution. While many brands have now included some type of hybrid engine option in their cars, there are a handful of CNG cars available today as well.
|Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Magna CNG||Rs 6.46 Lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Ertiga||Rs 7.54 – 11.2 Lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Alto||Rs 2.98 – 4.19 Lakh|
|Hyundai Santro||Rs 4.29 – 5.74 Lakh|
|Tata Nano||Rs 2.97 Lakh|
|Expected Launch||December 2019|
|Engine||Kappa VTVT Petrol|
|Top Speed||165 Kmph|
The upcoming Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Magna CNG is the only CNG powered car expected this year and is definitely one of the most anticipated ones. Hyundai is a company that sells cars that are known for their power and performance and the Grand i10 Nios Magna CNG is destined to be just as impressive. The car will be powered by a Kappa VTVT petrol engine that runs on CNG and produces 81.86bhp along with 116Nm of torque. Mated to the engine will be a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that features FWD capabilities as well. The car will house a 37 liter CNG tank while the tops speed of the car is rumored to be about 165 kmph.
Here are some of the CNG cars available in the market already:
|Engine||K15 Smart Hybrid|
Maruti is the biggest-selling car manufacturer in India and is also one of the most used cars in the country. The CNG variant of the Ertiga is powered by a K15 Smart Hybrid CNG engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and is capable of producing a maximum of 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. Fitted with a 45-liter fuel tank, the Ertiga has a mileage of 26.2 km/kg and is one of the most fuel-efficient CNG cars available. In terms of design, the MUV is sleek and elegant at the same time with a durable body that is made for off-road travel.
Considered as the best-selling compact hatchback form Maruti, the Alto 800 LXI Opt CNG variant is a powerful CNG-powered car. It offers an impressive mileage of 33.0 km/kg which is regarded as the best in the segment. Under the hood, the car is fitted with an F8D petrol engine that generates 47.3bhp and 69Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that also features FWD capabilities. There is a 60-liter fuel tank that offers a top speed of 140 kmph and can go from 0-100 kmph in just 19 seconds. You can use a used car valuation tool online to get the best deal on your latest car.
Since the launch of the Hyundai Santro, it has always been a best-seller in the Indian market and today, the upgraded model is still a popular option. Powered by a CNG engine that offers 58bhp along with 84.33Nm of torque, the Santro has a displacement of 1086cc. The engine has a mileage of 30.48 km/kg and houses a 60-liter fuel tank. The design on the new Santro is a lot sportier and offers new features including power windows, power seats, and an advanced infotainment system.
One of the most durable cars from the Tata brand is the Nano which is designed to be extremely fuel-efficient. The Nano is powered by a Bi-Fuel CNG engine which produces 37.48bhp and 51Nm of torque. Fitted with a 4-speed manual transmission and featuring a Rear-Wheel-Drive, the Nano brings a good amount of speed as well as the power to the vehicle. The engine offers a mileage of 36.0 km/kg and has a top speed of 105 kmph and can go from 0-100 kmph in about 12.6 seconds.
In this automobile industry that is dominated by petrol and diesel engines, the option of a CNG model can help create a cleaner driving experience. While petrol and diesel engines do offer a lot of power, CNG engines are a perfect way to get power and cleanliness together. The CNG engine has not only become more popular around the world but it has also resulted in a lot more RC transfers which are a better way to help clean up the environment. Which of the above-mentioned CNG cars would you prefer or do you think that petrol and diesel cars are the obvious choices in India?
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