Fuel prices are at an all-time high. And the everyday increment seems to be here for a long stretch. It leaves you with an option to switch to a cheaper alternative such as CNG. But with the BS6 norms, you are not allowed to get your car retrofitted with an aftermarket CNG. In that case, you are left with factory-fitted CNG cars. While there are a few cars in the market that come with this option, let’s take a look at 5 upcoming CNG cars in India.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZXi
India’s one of the best-selling MPV, Ertiga has been a choice of many families. Ertiga already has a CNG variant but not the top-spec. We expect Maruti Suzuki to launch the top-spec S-CNG ZXi variant with more features on offer for the customers. It will have the same 1.5-liter petrol engine with a slightly reduced power figure of 91hp. The current VXi variant has a mileage of 26.08km/kg for CNG. We can expect a similar output with the ZXi variant.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
India’s top-selling hatchback has been around since 2005. It had a diesel engine option back in the era of no BS6. But now, it only has a petrol engine as an option. To expand the portfolio, even more, Maruti Suzuki might launch the CNG variant of Swift soon. It will have a 1.2-liter petrol engine with the S-CNG tech. The power and torque figures might take a slight dent but overall, we can expect a fuel efficiency of around 28-29km/kg for the CNG variants.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The compact sedan version of Swift that bid adios to Swift moniker and carried on with the Dzire moniker only will also get the CNG treatment soon. We can expect the same powertrain as that of the Swift. Maruti Suzuki Dzire is already one of India’s most fuel-efficient petrol cars and with CNG, Dzire can become even a better option.
The safest hatchback in the segment has been spied testing with the CNG fitment many times. Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have been on the CNG front for a long and Tata Motors plans to cash in the segment by launching Tata Tiago CNG soon. The hatchback currently has a 1.2-liter Revotron engine which produces 86hp of power and a peak torque of 113Nm. Will Tata be able to keep the power figures intact, only time can tell.
Add a boot to Tiago and you get a Tigor. While we expect Tiago CNG to launch soon, the company will also launch Tigor CNG to take on the likes of Dzire and Aura. It will get the same powertrain as that of the Tigor. Tata has also launched the facelift of Tigor EV for fleet customers under a new name, XPRES-T. The company is well aware of the demand of the segment and by offering Tigor in 3 powertrain options, i.e. Petrol, CNG, and Electric, Tata will become the first carmaker to do so.
So, these are the upcoming CNG cars in India. Are you planning to switch to CNG soon or are you going to switch to electric? Do let us know in the comments section below.