Tata Tiago: Heralding the ‘premium-isation’ of CNG

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With sky excessive petrol costs, CNG has turn into the subsequent different for a lot of small automotive consumers and Tata has now turn into the most recent to focus on this market with the brand new Tiago CNG in 4 variants — proper from the bottom XE trim all the way in which as much as the top-end XZ+. The corporate says it may well, thus, go well with a cost-driven purchaser in addition to one on the lookout for a extra premium consumer expertise. So what’s it like?

The facelifted Tiago has been round for over a yr now, however the automotive nonetheless seems contemporary with its sharp design cues. Alongside the introduction of the CNG variants, Tata has additionally taken the chance to freshen it up only a wee bit. So you’ve gotten a brand new paint shade — metallic plum — and some new options added to the Tiago vary, like projector headlamps, LED daytime working lamps, and a black and beige inside color scheme. The remainder stays the identical although, and whereas the top-end petrol will get 15-inch alloys, the CNG automotive will get 14-inch stylised metal rims.

Tata Tiago CNG -- Special Arrangement

Tata Tiago CNG — Particular Association

With the CNG tank mounted within the boot, Tata has re-engineered the way in which to entry the spare wheel. It’s now finished by means of the passenger compartment by folding the rear seat backrest ahead. All variants additionally get a puncture restore package, for those who select to not take away the spare.

Shifting to the cabin, the brand new black and beige inside format makes the cabin look extra upmarket and the sporty-looking steering wheel and full-digital instrument cluster look actually neat. There are additionally some CNG particular bits just like the gasoline selector swap, twin gasoline gauges and a fireplace extinguisher.

As with the common top-end automotive, the CNG Tiago comes effectively outfitted with a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, coupled to a candy sounding Harman music system. Auto local weather management, electrically operated outdoors rear view mirrors and a rear parking digicam are additionally there.

Tata Tiago CNG -- Special Arrangement

Tata Tiago CNG — Particular Association

The entrance seats proceed to be top-of-the-line within the enterprise and include an ideal mix of cushioning. The driving place is sweet and the controls fall simply into place, similar to earlier than.

The Tiago’s 1.2-litre engine was upgraded to fulfill BS6 emission norms with the facelift and the CNG model shares the identical powertrain. When working on petrol, it makes 86hp and 113Nm of torque, whereas on CNG, it places out a most of 73hp and 95Nm.

Twist the important thing and also you hear the 1.2-litre engine come to life. This can be a three-cylinder unit which suggests you do get gentle vibrations within the cabin. As this was our first time with the BS6 model of the petrol Tiago, we drove it in petrol mode first. As soon as working, there’s a good bit of engine noise coming into the cabin and it will get louder previous 2,500 rpm. Energy supply is good and linear and, although not very peppy, the efficiency is powerful sufficient to execute overtaking manoeuvres with out a fuss.

Tata Tiago CNG -- Special Arrangement

Tata Tiago CNG — Particular Association

Subsequent up was the CNG mode. An attention-grabbing level to notice right here is that not like its opponents that want to start out in petrol mode the Tiago will be began in both mode, with the default set to CNG.

What can also be good is that from standstill, it feels virtually the identical because the petrol mode and the automotive builds up velocity easily. In CNG mode, energy is down by round 10hp and the result’s seen in 0-100kph time, which is sort of three seconds slower than petrol mode. Nonetheless, what’s extra necessary right here is that flat out driving apart, when pushed usually at half throttle, there’s little or no distinction between the 2 fuels and driving round at a daily tempo won’t depart you wanting.

Allow us to not overlook that the Tiago is predicated on Tata’s X0 platform that has been predominantly heavier than its rivals, and this does replicate on the automotive’s efficiency. Tata has finished an excellent job of tuning the efficiency curves in each modes and you can’t actually inform the distinction in energy throughout part-throttle acceleration. So for on a regular basis driving, whether or not on the freeway or in metropolis site visitors, it’s completely positive.

As anticipated, the Tiago actually does effectively within the journey and dealing with space. The suspension soaks up most bumps in a fuss-free method and high-speed stability is sweet — the automotive feels fairly strong even at triple digit speeds. What can also be good is that the steering really feel is simply the correct amount of weight, it’s not too gentle and lifeless nor too heavy, and thus the hassle required is spot on. That it self-centres properly in turns, which means you would not have to twirl the wheel again to centre after tight turns, is an added plus.

Tata Tiago CNG -- Special Arrangement

Tata Tiago CNG — Particular Association

With the CNG tank within the boot, Tata has additionally retained the common petrol tank, which has a 35-litre capability, whereas the CNG tank is 60 litres enabling you to get about 10kg of gasoline inside. Bear in mind, the precise quantity of gasoline you possibly can fill inside a cylinder will depend on the temperature outdoors and the pump’s system strain. Tata claims a mileage of 26.49km/kg of gasoline; this isn’t class main, however in some very fundamental preliminary testing we acquired about 21km/kg with the Tiago, which isn’t dangerous in any respect.

So to sum all of it up, the Tiago was already a well-rounded package deal to start with, and now, with the addition of CNG, Tata Motors has widened the gasoline alternative and fortunately created an entire line-up of 4 separate variants. So choosing CNG doesn’t imply having to surrender creature comforts.

You do pay ₹ 90,000 extra for the CNG model when in comparison with the petrol counterpart, and you’ll commerce boot house for the CNG tank, however moreover that, the Tiago CNG is an efficient choice for many who have larger working. The drive expertise beneath CNG is sort of petrol like, the journey and dealing with is effectively set-up, house inside is greater than ample, the interiors are effectively outfitted and, in fact, there are a number of variants on supply. So, as Tata Motors says, the ‘premium-isation’ of CNG has actually begun.

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