The prices of gasoline and diesel have increased to the point that automakers are exploring alternative methods to reduce the costs of operating passenger vehicles. Companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata are betting big on CNG cars. During this fiscal year, Maruti Suzuki plans to produce 250,000 CNG vehicles, an increase of nearly 60%.
On the other hand, Hyundai expects to sell around 35,000 CNG vehicles this fiscal year, which will be 3 times more than last year. Tata Motors will also be joining the party as CNG versions of the compact sedan Tiago and Tigor will likely go on sale in India soon, as dealer reservations have started.
There is only one sedan that Tata sells in India, and adding a CNG variant makes sense, as affordability and fuel economy are top concerns for first-time buyers. and the car received 4 stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. While the Tiago launched the new Tata vehicle lineup in 2016, the compact sedan has been on sale since March 2017 and has seen decent success over the years.
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The 1.05-liter three-cylinder diesel engine, which generated 70 hp and 140 Nm, was discontinued in response to BSVI emissions regulations and good demand for the naturally aspirated 1.2-liter gasoline engine. In addition to expanding the range, the CNG variant will also appeal to a wider range of customers.
No major exterior changes are except in the factory installed CNG variant, with the exception of the potential addition of new variant badges. The same 1.2 liter NA petrol engine will be used with a slight reduction in performance.
Tata also introduced the Tigor EV some time ago, building on the momentum generated by the country’s best-selling electric car, the Nexon EV. In the coming year, the brand is expected to launch new products.