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2022 Tata Tiago CNG overview, check drive | Autocar India

Written by Meera

The Tiago enters the CNG area with a whole variant line-up. Does it have what it takes to entice the worth in addition to the discerning purchaser?

With skyrocketing gas costs and the demise of diesel within the midsize hatchback market, carmakers have began trying to CNG. However whereas others have to this point restricted CNG fashions to low-end trims solely – geared toward value acutely aware and industrial patrons – Tata, alternatively, has chosen to launch the Tiago CNG in 4 variants and that features the bottom XE trim in addition to the top-end XZ+. The corporate says it may, thus, swimsuit a cost-driven purchaser in addition to one searching for a extra premium consumer expertise but additionally economical working, and that’s what we’re going to discover out right this moment. 

Tiago XZ+ now will get projector headlamps in all variants.

The facelifted Tiago has been round for over a 12 months now, however the automobile nonetheless appears recent with its sharp design cues. And with the introduction of the CNG mannequin, Tata has taken the chance to freshen it up only a wee bit. So you might have a brand new shade, the metallic plum shade that our check automobile is in, and some new options added to the Tiago vary, like projector headlamps, LED Daytime Operating Lamps, and a black and beige inside color scheme. The remaining stays the identical although, whereas the top-end petrol will get 15-inch alloys, the CNG automobile will get 14-inch stylised metal rims. Tata additionally did point out that the 4-star GNCAP crash score doesn’t carry over, however the firm is assured of retaining that in a retest.

Tata Tiago CNG wheels

High-spec Tiago CNG will get 14-inch wheels; petrol variant will get 15 inchers.

Tata Motors has additionally re-engineered the best way to entry the spare wheel, which is now carried out by transferring the rear seat backrest ahead and eradicating the spare wheel from the passenger compartment as a substitute of the boot. Tata Motors additionally does provide a puncture restore package with all variants must you not wish to take away the spare. 

Tata Tiago CNG boot

Spare-wheel may be accessed by folding the rear seat.

Enter the cabin of the Tiago and the very first thing you discover is the sunshine and darkish inside color scheme. The brand new black and beige inside format makes the cabin look extra upmarket and the sporty trying steering wheel, the full-digital instrument cluster that got here with the facelift final 12 months look actually neat. There are CNG particular bits just like the gas selector swap, twin gas gauges and a fireplace extinguisher.

As with the common top-end automobile, the CNG Tiago comes properly outfitted with a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and it’s coupled to a candy sounding Harman music system. There’s additionally auto local weather management, electrically operated outdoors rear view mirrors and a rear parking digital camera.

Tata Tiago CNG infotainment screen

Increased variants of the Tiago CNG get a touchscreen infotainment.

The entrance seats, as talked about by us earlier in our critiques and long run studies, proceed to be probably the greatest in enterprise and include an ideal mix of cushioning, which is not too arduous nor too mushy. Driving place is sweet and the controls fall simply into place identical to earlier than.

Tata Tiago CNG: A story of two fuels

The Tiago’s 1.2-litre engine was upgraded to BS6 emission norms with the facelift and the CNG model shares the identical petrol mannequin’s powertrain. When working on petrol, it makes 86hp and 113Nm of torque, whereas working on gasoline, it places out a most of 73hp and 95Nm of torque, which is class finest by a great margin over the CNG variants of the Celerio, Santro and WagonR.

Tata Tiago CNG engine bay

Tiago’s 1.2-liter engine is down on energy by 10hp in CNG mode.

Twist the trendy flip-key and also you hear the 1.2-litre engine come to life. It is 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 it’s not very peppy, the efficiency is powerful sufficient to execute overtaking manoeuvres with no fuss.

Subsequent up was CNG mode.  An attention-grabbing level to notice right here is that in contrast to its rivals that want to begin in petrol mode – because it’s simpler in very chilly circumstances – the Tiago may be began in both mode, with the default set to CNG.

Tata Tiago CNG side profile

There is not a lot distinction in driving the Tiago on petrol or on CNG mode.

What’s additionally good is that the transfer from standstill feels nearly the identical as within the petrol mode and the automobile builds up pace easily. In CNG mode, energy is down by round 10hp and the result’s seen in 0-100kph time, which is nearly three seconds slower than petrol mode. Nonetheless, what’s extra essential 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 an everyday tempo won’t depart you wanting.

Let’s not overlook, the Tiago is predicated on Tata’s X0 platform that has been predominantly heavier than its rivals and this does replicate on the automobile’s efficiency. Tata has carried out an excellent job of tuning the efficiency curves in each modes, so for on a regular basis driving once you’re simply ambling about on the freeway or in metropolis visitors, it’s completely tremendous and you’ll’t actually inform that distinction in energy partly throttle acceleration.  

Tata Tiago CNG rear quarter

Tiago nonetheless is arguably the one of many best-looking hatchbacks offered in India.

As anticipated, the Tiago actually does properly within the experience and dealing with space. The suspension soaks up most bumps in a fuss-free method and high-speed stability is excellent, the automobile feels fairly strong even at triple digit speeds. What’s additionally good is the steering really feel that has simply the correct quantity of weight, it’s not too mild and lifeless nor too heavy and thus the trouble required is spot on. What’s additionally good is that it self-centres properly in turns, which means you don’t need to twirl the wheel again to centre after tight turns.

Tata Tiago CNG: Gassed up

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, which allows you to get about 10kg of gasoline inside. Bear in mind, the precise quantity of gasoline you may fill inside a cylinder will depend on the setting temperature and even the pump system stress. Tata claims a mileage of 26.49km/kg of gasoline; this isn’t class main – that distinction goes to the Celerio with 35.60km/kg – however in some very primary preliminary testing we bought about 21km/kg with the Tiago which isn’t unhealthy in any respect.

Tata Tiago CNG fuel gauge

Tiago’s digital instrument cluster has read-outs for petrol in addition to CNG.

So to sum all of it up, the Tiago was already a well-rounded bundle to start with, and now with the addition of CNG, Tata Motors has widened the gas selection and fortunately created a complete line-up of 4 separate variants, so choosing CNG doesn’t imply having to surrender creature comforts.

Tata Tiago CNG gas filling

Tiago CNG a great choice for many who have a better each day working.

You do pay Rs 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 apart from that, the Tiago CNG is an excellent choice for many who have increased working, the drive expertise underneath CNG energy is nearly petrol like, the experience and dealing with is properly set-up, house inside is greater than enough, the interiors are properly outfitted and, in fact, there are a number of variants on provide, in order Tata Motors says, the ‘premium-isation’ of CNG has actually begun.

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