Tata Motors has introduced the Altroz iCNG, a groundbreaking hatchback that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Notably, the Altroz iCNG is the first CNG-powered hatchback in its segment to feature a sunroof, offering a unique combination of fuel efficiency and luxury. Tata Motors has also introduced a new dual-cylinder setup for the CNG tanks, enhancing the car’s performance and convenience.
Pricing and Variants
The Tata Altroz iCNG is available in six variants, each offering a distinct set of features. The following is a breakdown of the prices for the Altroz iCNG:
1. XE – Rs 7.55 lakh
2. XM+ – Rs 8.40 lakh
3. XM+ (S) – Rs 8.85 lakh
4. XZ – Rs 9.53 lakh
5. XZ+ (S) – Rs 10.03 lakh
6. XZ+ O (S) – Rs 10.55 lakh
Design and Features
Visually, the Altroz iCNG bears a striking resemblance to its petrol-powered counterpart, with the only noticeable difference being the ‘iCNG’ badge on the tailgate. Tata Motors has ingeniously placed the two 30-litre CNG tanks beneath the boot floor, thereby creating additional boot space. The Altroz iCNG offers a 210-litre boot, which is 135 litres less than the standard Altroz’s 345-litre boot capacity.
Inside the cabin, the Altroz iCNG retains most of the features found in the petrol variant. Noteworthy features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an air purifier, a wireless charger, automatic headlamps, and more. However, the key differentiating factor is the addition of a voice-activated, single-pane sunroof, available in the XM+ (S), XZ+ (S), and XZ+ O (S) trims.
The Altroz iCNG is equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In petrol mode, it generates 88hp of power and 115Nm of torque. However, in CNG mode, the power output decreases to 77hp, while the torque stands at 103Nm. Notably, the Altroz iCNG stands apart from its rivals, as it can directly start in CNG mode. In comparison, its competitors, Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG and Toyota Glanza CNG, produce similar power output but offer lower torque figures in their CNG modes.
The Tata Altroz iCNG competes directly with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG and Toyota Glanza CNG in the market. Here’s a comparison of the prices:
– Tata Altroz CNG (starting price): Rs 7.55 lakh
– Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG (price range): Rs 8.35 lakh – Rs 9.28 lakh
– Toyota Glanza CNG (price range): Rs 8.50 lakh – Rs 9.53 lakh
The Altroz iCNG holds a competitive edge in terms of pricing, with the starting price being Rs 80,000 lower than the Baleno CNG and Rs 95,000 lower than the Glanza CNG. However, as Tata Motors offers more variants for the Altroz iCNG, the top-spec XZ+ O (S) trim is priced at Rs 1.27 lakh more than the Baleno CNG and Rs 1.2 lakh more than the Glanza CNG.
The introduction of the Tata Altroz iCNG marks a significant milestone in the Indian automotive industry. Being the first CNG-powered hatchback in its segment to feature a sunroof, the Altroz iCNG offers a unique blend of fuel efficiency, environmental friendliness, and luxury.
With its innovative dual-cylinder setup for CNG tanks, Tata Motors has enhanced the car’s performance and utility. Moreover, the Altroz iCNG’s competitive pricing and extensive variant options make it a compelling choice for buyers seeking an eco-friendly hatchback with a touch of sophistication.