Tata Altroz might soon become the first C segment hatchback with CNG variants, might command a premium
A test mule of the upcoming Tata Altroz CNG variant has been spotted in Pune by a Facebook user by the name Abhimanyu Komawar. The mule was seen with the usual emission testing kit behind.
Like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, Tata is working on CNG variants of its existing 4-wheelers. The Indian firm has been caught road-testing the Nexon CNG already and is expected to introduce CNG powertrains for its bigger SUVs too in the future.
The recently spied Tata Altroz CNG development mule did not have any camouflage cover and the styling was identical to that of the petrol and diesel powered models.
Likely to be offered only with the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine, the Tata Altroz CNG should be available only in select variants. For reference, the premium hatchback comes in 31 variants in total.
As is the norm with CNG, the 1.2-litre engine will make less power while running on CNG fuel than it does when it runs on petrol (85 HP and 113 Nm). It might come mated either to a 5-speed manual or DCT automatic transmission.
In comparison to the equivalent petrol-powered model, the Altroz CNG could cost up to Rs. 50,000/- more. Considering the high cost of petrol in India, still, many would likely be willing to take the plunge.
While the launch timeline of the recently spied Tata Altroz CNG is not known, the automaker could introduce the model during the upcoming festive season.
When launched, it will become the first C segment hatchback to get CNG having an edge over Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 in running costs.