The center wants to increase the use of natural gas or CNG-powered vehicles. The Government of India is promoting its usefulness in reducing environmental pollution while encouraging manufacturers. Responding to the Centre’s call, the country’s largest passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki has again launched a CNG version. Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG has been launched in two variants – VXI and ZXI. The car can be purchased again at a monthly subscription fee of Rs 18,999. Bookings can be made from Maruti Suzuki’s official website or dealership.
With the launch of Desire CNG, the number of CNG-powered vehicles of Maruti Suzuki has increased to 9. Maruti claims that the new model of Dzire will contribute to the target set by the Indian government to reduce imports of petroleum products and increase the use of natural gas in the transport industry from 6.2 percent to 15 percent by 2030.
CNG is considered to be a more environmentally friendly fuel than petrol-diesel. Again, the price is low and the mileage is high. As a result, the maintenance cost of this type of vehicle is much less than that of petrol-diesel vehicles. In the end, the car owner benefited.
The CNG model is no different from the petrol variant of the Dzire. A CNG kit has just been added to its boot storage. Its 1.2-liter K-Series dual-jet dual VVT petrol engine produces 69 hp and 113 Nm of torque. However, running on CNG will get 8 hp of power and 96.5 Nm of torque.
It is claimed that the 5-speed manual gearbox will cover 31.12 km per kg. The VXI and ZXI variants of the Maruti Suzuki Desire CNG have priced at Rs 8.14 lakh and Rs 8.72 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. Hyundai Aura CNG and Tata Tigor CNG models will compete with Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG.