CNG Punch comes with a split design for its CNG tank
Tata Motors has launched a new CNG model- the Punch iCNG. Ex-Showroom prices for the car start at Rs 7.10 lakh and go up to Rs 9.68 lakh for the top-of-the-line variant. The CNG Punch comes in a total of three trims – Pure, Adventure, and Accomplished- the last two come with the optional packages you get with the regular Punch- Dazzle And Rhythm- taking the total variant count to 5. The CNG powertrain is not available on the fully loaded Creative trim. Punch is the fourth model to join the Tata iCNG range, after the Tiago, Tigor, and Altroz.
|Adventure Rhythm||8.20 lakh|
|Accomplished Dazzle S||9.68 lakh|
Tata Punch CNG Powertrain Specifications
The engine in Tata Punch iCNG is the same unit that does duty on the regular petrol Punch. This engine produces 86hp and 113 Nm with petrol. With CNG, however, it delivers 73.4 hp and 103 Nm and is only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Just like the rest of the iCNG cars, Tata Punch CNG too can be started directly in CNG – something that Maruti and Hyundai don’t currently offer.
The punch CNG has the same two-cylinder fuel tank setup as the Altroz CNG. Basically, it’s got a 60-litre CNG tank split into two smaller 30L tanks and mounted under the boot floor. This has helped in minimizing the chances of boot space getting compromised. Tata Punch iCNG has a boot capacity of 210 l, 156 litres less than its petrol-powered counterpart. This, however, is still very usable and pretty good for a CNG car.
Tata Punch CNG Design, Interior And Features
There are no major design changes, other than the addition of ‘iCNG’ badge on the tailgate. The cabin stays clear of any notable changes as well.
The top-of-the-line variant of punch CNG -‘ Accomplished Dazzle S’- has all the bells and whistles, like a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital driver display, 16-inch alloy wheels, start/ stop button, automatic AC and climate control, automatic projector headlamps, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and sunroof. It is through the CNG model that Sunroof makes an entry into the Punch portfolio. In an immediate addition, the petrol-powered Punch has also gotten a regular-sized sunroof.
The Punch CNG is a direct competitor to the recently-launched Hyundai Exter which had a CNG powertrain right from launch. The Exter is priced in the Rs 8.25 – 8.97 lakh range (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai). The edge that the Tata has here, would be in its boot capacity, as the Exter has clear compromises made in its boot space, courtesy of its CNG powertrain.