Tata to Unveil CNG Tigor and Tiago in January 2022
- Unofficial reservations for Tata Tiago CNG and Tata Tigor CNG have begun to be accepted
- Both vehicles are believed to be powered by Tata's 1.2-litre NA petrol engine, according to reports
- There are no projected changes in terms of styling or functionalities
In recent years, Tata Motors has been considering a move into the CNG passenger vehicle category, which is currently dominated by only two players – Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.
According to insiders, Tata Motors is now preparing to launch its first CNG-powered vehicles – the Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG – in January 2022, a date that could have been achieved sooner if not for pandemic-related delays and the global semiconductor crisis.
Unofficial booking open for Tata Tiago CNG and Tata Tigor CNG
Despite the fact that Tata has not made an official statement about the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor, Tata dealerships have begun receiving pre-orders for these CNG vehicles.
Expect Tata Motors to officially begin bookings for the Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG in the coming weeks, ahead of their scheduled debuts in January and February 2022.
What do we know till now about Tata Tigor CNG and Tata Tiago CNG?
It has been observed on multiple occasions that the Tata Tiago CNG and Tata Tigor CNG are being tested using camouflaged test mules fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG).
There are no indications that the CNG-powered Tiago and Tigor will have any stylistic differences from the normal model, however, it is unclear which of their trim levels will be equipped with the CNG kit first.
While both models of Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor are well-equipped in their basic petrol configuration, the equipment list on the CNG versions will vary depending on which trims are available for the CNG versions.
As of right now, only a single 1.2-liter, three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine with 86 horsepower and 113 Newton-meters of torque is available for both the Tata Tiago and the Tata Tigor. The CNG models are expected to be powered by the same engine, however, power and torque statistics may be slightly lower than the petrol ones.
Tata offers both manual and automatic transmission options with the petrol-powered Tiago and Tigor, but the CNG models will most likely only be available with a manual transmission. In addition, there may be a few of CNG emblems on the outside of both vehicles to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.
It's worth noting that the Tata Tigor has an electric counterpart, which is referred to as the Tigor EV. With the introduction of its CNG option, the Tata Tigor will become the only sedan in India to be offered in three different powertrain configurations: petrol, CNG, and electric.
Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG are competitors
As previously said, Maruti and Hyundai have dominated the CNG market to date, with the former having the broadest variety of CNG vehicles, ranging from the Alto to the Ertiga MPV. Hyundai, on the other hand, has the narrowest range of CNG vehicles.
The Tata Tiago CNG will be up against competition from vehicles such as the Hyundai Santro CNG and Maruti Wagon R CNG, among others. In the meanwhile, the Tata Tigor CNG will compete with the Hyundai Aura CNG.
Additionally, Maruti Suzuki is rumored to be working on new CNG variants of the Swift, Dzire, and the new Celerio, all of which might help to increase competitiveness against the Tata Tiago CNG and Tata Tigor CNG.
The future of CNG cars in India
Maruti Suzuki was one of the first automobile manufacturers to see the potential of compressed natural gas (CNG) in our industry, and their efforts have paid off handsomely. Following Maruti, Hyundai too entered the fray, and now Tata is attempting to get a foothold in the lucrative market with Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG.
Because of the high prices of petrol in today's market, many automobile buyers, particularly those who live in places where compressed natural gas (CNG) is widely available, are looking to purchase factory-fitted CNG Cars.
The government has also been attempting to promote the usage of CNG Cars because it is far less expensive to import and helps to offset the high cost of crude oil imported into the country.
CNG filling stations have grown from 1,300 stations in 143 cities in 2019 to over 3,500 filling stations in 293 cities now, according to a report by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
In the next several years, this will grow to 6,000 stations by 2025 and 10,000 stations by 2030, according to estimates.
It's worth mentioning that, with the debut of its CNG line-up, Tata Motors will become one of the few carmakers in the country to provide vehicles that can run on all four forms of fuel accessible in the country: petrol, diesel, compressed natural gas, and electricity.