Prices for petrol and diesel is skyrocketing across the country every day, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles are a viable alternative considering the fact that the EV infrastructure in India is still in its initial stages. Moreover, CNG cars are affordable, and cheaper to maintain as compared to ICE cars, and a range of new cars are now offered with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Initially, CNG was offered to public transport vehicles like auto-rickshaws, but now the gas has moved onto regular cars as well.
Here, we have listed the top five upcoming CNG-powered cars that are set to launch in India. 1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG
Maruti Suzuki recently launched the updated Baleno for the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 6.35 lakh (ex-showroom). The car is offered with a sole 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which has a claimed fuel efficiency of 22.35 kmpl for manual and 22.94 kmpl for automatic. However, Maruti Suzuki aims to make it even more efficient with the introduction of a CNG variant soon.
The Baleno CNG will be the first CNG-powered car offered through the company’s premium Nexa outlets, while other cars like XL6 and Ignis could follow suit too.
Powering the Baleno CNG will be the same 1.2 L NA Petrol engine which produces 89 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. However, the power and torque output will likely drop down to 77 PS and 98.5 Nm in CNG mode. While the 2022 Baleno is offered with both manual and automatic transmissions, the CNG variant is likely to be equipped with a manual transmission option only. The efficiency of the new Baleno CNG is expected to be around 30km/kg.
As of now, the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno is priced from Rs 6.35 lakh to Rs 9.49 lakh. However, the CNG variants of the hatchback could be priced from around Rs 8.4 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom) onwards.
2. Maruti Swift CNG
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has been the highest-selling hatchback in the country since its inception in the Indian market. The Maruti Suzuki Swift was initially available with both petrol and diesel engine options, but due to BS6 norms kicking in now it’s available only with a petrol engine option.
Similar to the Dzire CNG, the Maruti Suzuki Swift CNG will come with the 1.2L Dualjet K12C petrol engine with a factory-fitted CNG kit. In CNG guise this engine produces 76 bhp of power and 96 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual only.
In terms of features, the Swift will come equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, LED headlamps and taillights, push-button ignition/stop, rear parking camera, ABS with EBD, two airbags in front, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and climate control.
3. Vitara Brezza CNG
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been one of the highest-selling car in its segment. The Vitara Brezza was initially available with a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multi-jet diesel engine, but with the advent of the facelift, the diesel motor made way for a petrol engine. However, soon, with the facelift, the company could launch a CNG variant.
The test mule of the new generation Vitara Brezza was recently spied. In terms of styling, it’s expected to retain its squared-off and upright rugged SUV stance, while also following Maruti Suzuki’s latest design language.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza CNG is expected to come with a 1.5L Petrol engine with a factory-fitted CNG kit. This Petrol engine produces 103 bhp of power and 138 Nm of torque. However, in CNG mode, the SUV will deliver a peak power of 91 bhp and 122 Nm of torque.
4. Tata Altroz CNG
Tata Motors recently launched the Automatic variant of the Altroz and could soon launch the CNG powered Altroz very soon. The test mule of the Altroz CNG has recently spied in the country a few days ago, hinting that the launch is imminent.
The CNG kit will work in tandem with the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated 3 cylinder petrol engine which currently produces 86 bhp of power and 113 Nm of peak torque. However, the power and torque output will likely drop down to 72 bhp and 95 Nm of torque in CNG mode. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual only.
There are no changes in terms of the exterior design of the Altroz CNG, compared to its petrol and diesel-powered counterparts.
In terms of features, it gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, cruise control, a wireless charging outlet, and a height-adjustable seat. Safety always has been a priority for Tata, and the Altroz CNG will come with ISOFIX Child Seat anchors, dual airbags in front, rear parking sensors with camera, ABS & EBD.
The Tata Altroz is offered with three powertrain options including a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor, a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor, and a 1.5-litre torquey Diesel engine which produces 90 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque.
5. Tata Punch CNG
Another Tata on the list is the micro SUV Tata Punch. Tata Motors entered to CNG segment by launching the Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG in February 2022 and could soon launch the CNG powered Punch too.
Under the bonnet, Tata Punch gets a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, Naturally aspirated Petrol engine. This engine produces 86 bhp at 6000 RPM with a maximum torque of 113 Nm at 3300 RPM. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and an optional AMT unit. With the inclusion of CNG, the power and torque output will likely drop down to 72 bhp and 95 Nm of torque.
In terms of features, Punch comes loaded with projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a semi-digital instrument cluster (with 7-inch MID), a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, push-button start/stop, rear parking camera, automatic climate control, cooled glove box, puddle lamps, etc.