Tata Motors, the leading Indian automaker, has launched the Altroz iCNG in the country at an introductory price of Rs 7.55 lakh (ex-showroom). The premium hatchback from Tata Motors is the most recent to jump on the CNG bandwagon. The Altroz iCNG is the first vehicle in India to use Tata Motors' unique twin-cylinder CNG technology. A voice-assisted motorised sunroof, wireless charging, and air purifier will be available on the Altroz CNG. Additionally, the model will be offered in six different variants: XE, XM+, XM+(S), XZ, XZ+(S), and XZ+O(S). For the uninitiated, the firm commenced bookings for the Altroz CNG last month for a nominal fee of Rs 21,000. Here is an overview of the Altroz iCNG's pricing, features, specs, and other details.
Tata Altroz iCNG: Design and Variants
With the exception of the 'iCNG' logo on the latter's tailboard, the visual differences between the petrol-powered variant and the Altroz CNG are minimal. To increase boot space, Tata Motors hid the two 30-litre CNG tanks under the floor of the trunk. Previously, the boot space was nearly entirely occupied by CNG tanks. The boot of the Altroz CNG is 210 litres, as opposed to the standard Altroz's 345 litres.
The Altroz iCNG from the homegrown automaker is available in six trim levels: XE, XM+, XM+(S), XZ, XZ+(S), and XZ+O(S). In terms of colour options, the car is being offered in four shades: Opera Blue, Downtown Red, Arcade Grey, and Avenue White. Further, it comes with a standard warranty of three years or 100,000 kilometre.
Tata Altroz iCNG: Powertrain Details
A 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox powers the Altroz CNG. It generates 88bhp of maximum power and 115Nm of peak torque in petrol mode, compared to 77bhp and 103Nm of torque in CNG mode. Its immediate competitors, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG and the Toyota Glanza CNG produce a comparable 77bhp but only 98.5Nm of torque while operating on CNG. In addition, unlike its competitors, the Altroz may start in CNG mode right away.
Tata Altroz iCNG: Interior Features
The Altroz iCNG has an electric sunroof with voice assistance, a wireless charger, and an air purifier as standard interior features. Projector headlamps, LED DRLs, R16 diamond-cut alloy wheels, an 8-speaker Harman touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity, premium leatherette seats, fully automatic climate control, rear AC vents, a height-adjustable driver seat, and many more high-end features are also included.
Tata Altroz iCNG: Safety Features
The Altroz lineup is built on the ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible, and Advanced) Architecture platform, which has received the 5-Star Global NCAP adult safety certification. The car has a micro-switch to keep the car turned off during refuelling as a safety measure with the new CNG technology. The car also has thermal incident protection, which as a safety measure cuts off the CNG supply to the engine and releases fuel into the atmosphere.
The twin cylinders beneath the baggage area are deemed to be the most secure option by the firm since the valves and pipes are protected from damage under the load floor. According to Tata Motors, the Altroz iCNG offers extra rear collision protection thanks to its improved rear body structure and 6-point CNG tank mounting system. The Altroz CNG also includes Direct Start in CNG mode, a first for the industry, and an innovative Single ECU, enabling jerk-free switching between the petrol and CNG modes.
Tata Altroz iCNG: Price and Market Rivals
As previously stated, the Atroz iCNG has a starting price of Rs 7.55 lakh (ex-showroom). The Altroz CNG offers a Rs 79,600 discount over the Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG. Six variations are available for the Tata car, compared to Maruti Suzuki's and Toyota's two. All prices are ex-showroom, with the Baleno CNG starting at Rs 8.35 lakh and the Glanza CNG at Rs 8.50 lakh.