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Auto Expo 2023: Tata Altroz, Punch iCNG break cover

The CNG version of the Punch is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine.

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Tata Motors showed off the CNG versions of the Punch and Altroz at the Auto Expo in 2023. The company also said that both of these models will be sold in India by the end of this year. Punch and Altroz are the third and fourth products in the brand’s CNG line to come with a CNG kit already installed at the factory.

The CNG version of the Punch is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine. This engine produces 86 hp and 113 Nm of torque in its gasoline configuration and 77 hp and 97 Nm of torque in its CNG configuration. The Punch, like the Tiago and Tigor CNG, can be started instantly in CNG mode, a feature none of its competitors provide.

The Tiago and Tigor CNG are plagued by a lack of trunk space. However, Tata has managed to address this issue in a unique manner. The Punch now has a dual-cylinder engine, thereby dividing the 60-liter fuel tank that previously occupied virtually the entire trunk.

The new twin cylinders, each with a capacity of 30 litres, have been placed beneath the trunk floor to free up storage space. The only outward design modification to the Punch CNG is the inclusion of a ‘i-CNG’ emblem on the tailgate, similar to the Tiago and Tigor CNG. Similarly, there are no significant changes to the interior of the Punch CNG.

The Punch CNG is well-equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and digital driver’s display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a voice-activated sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, an engine start/stop button, automatic climate control, and a driver seat that can be adjusted for height.

Similar to the Punch CNG, the Altroz will employ the 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine that generates 77 horsepower in CNG mode. In an effort to save trunk space, it also features a new dual-cylinder CNG engine. The premium hatchback keeps the same outward characteristics, with the exception of the ‘iCNG’ badge, and interior layout.

The Altroz CNG includes all of the same amenities as the Punch CNG, plus leatherette seats, rear AC vents, and a front centre armrest. The Altroz will be the third CNG-powered premium hatchback in its class, following the Baleno and Glanza CNG, when it is released.

At this year’s Auto Expo, the brand is exhibiting a large variety of products. Among them are the Safari and Harrier Red Dark variants, the Harrier EV, the Curvv coupe-SUV, the Sierra, and the Altroz Racer.

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