CNG cars have been gaining popularity in recent years because of the multiple advantages they have over their conventional counterparts.
CNG engines are eco-friendly, fuel-efficient, and a great option when it comes to safety.
Let’s take a look at what are the advantages of CNG over other fuel types.
Combustion engines produce multiple byproducts that are harmful to the environment and health. CNG engines produce 80% less carbon monoxide and 45% lesser hydrocarbons when compared to other types of fuel. Although CNG too produces harmful gasses, the emission levels are lower when compared to other fuels.
The technological advancements have made Compressed natural gas a cheaper option when compared to other fuel types like petrol and diesel. The cost of CNG and its efficiency are making CNG-powered cars more popular.
The rapid growth of the CNG segment has made automakers like Maruthi Suzuki, Tata Motors, Honda, and Toyota bring CNG variants of their popular models.
Here are few upcoming CNG versions of the existing models coming to the Indian market :
The Tata Punch micro SUV is all set to be launched in the coming week on the 18th. The Micro SUV is expected to start from Rs. 5.5 lakh ex-showroom. This makes it the cheapest SUV in the market. Currently offered only in petrol trims, the SUV is rumoured to get a CNG version in the coming months.
Maruthi Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Maruthi Suzuki will be expanding its CNG-powered lineup in India with the addition of Vitara Brezza CNG. The CNG-powered Brezza will get a 1.5l engine, rated at 105PS/138nm when running on petrol and 93PS/122Nm when running on natural gas.
Maruthi Suzuki Swift and Swift Dzire
Another car Maruthi will be adding to its lineup will be the CNG-powered variants of Swift and Swift Dzire. Both of the cars will be powered by a 1.2l engine which produces 83Ps/113Nm on petrol and 72Ps/95 Nm on CNG.
Tata Tiago and Tigor
Tata Motors is planning to launch CNG versions of the Tiago and Tigor next month. The testing of these models has been going on for a while. The company has not revealed any details yet, but the guesses are the Tiago and Tigor will get a 1.2l engine from the regular models with an additional factory-fitted CNG kit.
The Honda amaze is expected to be offered with a 1.2l naturally aspirated petrol engine with a factory-fitted CNG kit. More details about the engine and the power of this variant are to be revealed by the automaker in the coming months.
Toyota Innova Crysta
The upcoming CNG car expected from the Japanese maker is the Innova Crysta. Toyota has been testing a CNG variant of Innova Crysta in the country. The Innova Crysta CNG will be powered by a 2.7l petrol engine and a factory-fitted CNG kit. It will feature the existing 5-speed manual transmission. Toyota is planning to launch the CNG model of Innova Crysta in the coming months.