Tata Motors has introduced the CNG version of its premium hatchback in India. Altroz, now equipped with Tata’s iCNG technology, available for bookings 21,000. The Tata Altroz CNG version has been launched in four variants, which include XE, XM+, XZ and XZ+. Tata had earlier showcased the Altroz CNG hatchback during the Auto Expo 2023 in January this year. It will rival the CNG avatars of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza among other models in the range.
The Tata Altroz is the third model from the carmaker to get a CNG variant. The carmaker had earlier launched the Tigor sedan and Tiago hatchback with iCNG technology. However, the Altroz iCNG variant is different from the other two. The biggest difference is how the CNG kit is fitted inside the car.
To make more space for luggage, Tata Motors has introduced the new twin-cylinder CNG technology for the first time in India. The CNG kit, which includes two CNG cylinders of 30 liters each, has been placed lower in the boot space without reducing the luggage space. Tata Motors says that despite the CNG kit, the Altroz CNG will offer over 300 liters of boot space. To make room for the twin cylinders, Tata Motors had to remove the spare wheel placed under the boot space.
Conventional CNG vehicles like Tiago and Tigor have a large CNG cylinder placed inside the boot space, which leaves little space for luggage. This feature is not offered in Altroz CNG rivals like Baleno or Glanza.
The Altroz CNG otherwise doesn’t look much different when compared to the standard version of the hatchback. The only noticeable changes are the ICNG badging, CNG switch inside the console to switch between fuel modes among others. Tata will offer the Altroz CNG in four color options. These include Opera Blue, Downtown Red, Arcade Grey, and Avenue White. Features like leatherette seats, iRA connected car technology, cruise control will be provided in the cabin of Altroz iCNG.
The Tata Altroz CNG will be equipped with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that also powers the Tiago and Tigor CNG models. Mated to a manual gearbox, this engine can generate 73 Bhp and 95 Nm in ICNG mode. Without the CNG kit, the engine can generate 84.82 bhp power and 113 Nm peak torque. The fuel efficiency of the Altroz ICNG is expected to be around 27 km/kg, almost the same as the Tiago ICNG.
First published date: 19th April 2023, 11:33 AM IST
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